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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


19 July – 25 November 2012
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Part of the London 2012 Festival

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For my 10th birthday, instead of taking my friends and me to Superman, my dad took us to see Merry Wives of Windsor at Stratford. I was so embarrassed. But I went on to see many more Shakespeare plays at Stratford, with him and with friends. We often got the £10 seats and so I seem to remember watching most of them from behind a pillar.

Kirsten, United Kingdom