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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Orpheus (Biographical details)

Orpheus (author/poet; mythological figure/creature; Roman; Greek; Male)

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Legendary Thracian poet whose skills would charm the fiercest beasts; one of the Argonauts; married Eurydice (q.v.); on her death descended into underworld and convinced Pluto and Proserpine (qq.v) to give her back to him, provided he would not attempt to look at his wife until they had both left the Underworld; but Orpheus failed to keep his promise, prompting Eurydice to vanish into thin air. The despondant poet was torn to death by Thraecian Maenads.