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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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I was alone with my father when he died, after a long and sad decline.  Some weeks later I met one of his oldest colleagues, who looked at me reflectively and, without any preamble, quoted Lear: 'He hates him /That would upon the rack of this tough world/ Stretch him out longer.' It was then that I  understood the words for the first time.

Dora Thornton, London

King Lear (character)