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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


gilded (Scope note)

The term 'gilded' refers to an overlay (wholly or in parts) of a thin layer of gold. The term 'gold' is entered in the Materials field as well as terms for the base Materials. 'Silver-gilt' refers to a silver base to which a layer of gilding has been applied, and the Technique entered is 'gilded', the Materials 'silver' and 'gold'. See also the term 'gold-plated'.