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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


ornament (Scope note)

This is not a comprehensive category. See also PERSONAL ORNAMENT, and other appropriate categories. In the case of BRAID, the term ORNAMENT should only be used in the absence of a more specific Object Name.