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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


classical mythology (Scope note)

The term classical mythology is used for scenes of classical mythology. If the main subject of the image is a classical deity, mythological figure or mythical creature, the Subjects 'classical deity' or 'classical mythological figure/creature' (or its Narrow Terms) are used instead of 'classical mythology', and their individual names, when known, are entered in Associated Name. N.B. Some named mythological figures or creatures (Biographical Authority entries and Associated Name field) have become generic terms (Subject field) as well, e.g. Nereid, Triton, and a nereid or triton, etc. If those named individuals are recorded in Associated Name, the Subject term equivalent has to be entered as well, but not vice-versa.