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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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When I was a small child, my mother used to walk my brother and me to school . In particularly bad weather we would get dressed up in our waterproofs and as we were about to venture into the outside world, my mother would rally us with the words 'once more unto the breach, dear friends'. It was not until I studied Henry V at school that I realised the Shakespearian connection.

Clare Ward, London

Henry V (character)