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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


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Organised by the British Museum, the National Museum of Denmark, and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

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Image credits:
Spearhead with inlaid socket 11th century AD. London, England. Iron, silver. © British Museum.
Axehead 10th–11th century AD. Found Hammersmith, River Thames, England. Iron. © British Museum.
Ball-penannular brooch AD 900–950. Found Fulsco Pike, near Penrith, Cumbria, England. Silver. © British Museum.
Oval brooches with beads 9th century AD. Found Lilleberge, Namdalen, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway. Copper alloy, glass. © British Museum.
Pitney Brooch Anglo-Scandinavian, late 11th century AD. Found in Pitney, Somerset, England. Copper-alloy. This brooch is an English version of the final phase of Viking art, the Urnes style. © British Museum.
Brooch in the Urnes style Viking, late 11th century AD. Found near the village of Kiaby, Skåne, Sweden. Copper-alloy. © British Museum.
Beads 11th–12th century AD. Found in Gotland, Sweden. Amber, monochrome glass. © British Museum.
Brooch shaped like a ship AD 800–1050. From Tjørnehøj II, Fyn, Denmark. Copper alloy. © National Museum of Denmark.
Thor’s hammer pendant AD 900–950. Found Vålse, Falster, Denmark. Silver. © National Museum of Denmark.
Neck-ring 10th century AD. Found Kalmergården, Tisso, Zealand, Denmark. Gold. © National Museum of Denmark.
Helmet AD 800–1100 (replica). Ostrow Lednicki, Poland. Iron. © Museum of the First Piasts at Lednica.

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