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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


book-illustration (Scope note)

For the Department of Prints and Drawings, the term is entered as an Object Name for prints extracted from books (or proofs for illustrations), including head-pieces, tail-pieces, vignettes and other book decorations (apart from frontispieces and title-pages which are terms in their own right, under the Broad Term 'book-illustration'.). For Japanese woodblock printed illustrated books, the term is entered for a printed page extracted from an illustrated book. See also the Object Name 'illustrated book'. For vignettes on papyri, check the Description field, as these are not recorded as Object Name 'book-illustration', but only as 'papyrus'.