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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


Apollo (Biographical details)

Apollo (deity; Roman; Greek; Etruscan; Male)

Also known as

Apollo; Aplu; Apollo Citharoedus; Apollo Kitharoedus; Apollo Alasiotes; Apollo Sauroktonos; Apollo Philesios; Apollo Musicus; Apollo Amyklaios; Apollo Belvedere; Apollo Delphicus; Phoebus; Phoibus; Apollo Carneius


One of the twelve Olympian gods; son of Zeus/Jupiter (q.v.) and Leto/Latona (q.v.); brother of Artemis/Diana (q.v.); a major deity representing, in opposition to Dionysos/Bacchus (q.v.), the rational and civilized aspects of human nature; patron of the arts and leader of the Muses (q.v.); later, manifested as Phoebus (q.v.), he became identified with the sun-god Helios/Sol (q.v.).