‘Go berserk’ with new book about runic language

Posted by ap507 at May 28, 2014 12:20 PM |
Dr Martin Findell publishes new book ‘Runes’ to accompany major British Museum Viking exhibition

From their appearance in video games to Disney’s Frozen, runes – an ancient form of writing - are used today to elicit wonder and whimsy on a mythical scale.

But what are runes and where do they come from? In a new book suitable for all audiences, Dr Martin Findell (pictured) from the School of History discusses the mysterious alphabet and sheds light on its significance in Viking culture and beyond.

The book accompanies the ‘Vikings: Life and Legend’ exhibition at the British Museum, the first major exhibition on Vikings held there for over 30 years, which runs between 6 March – 22 June 2014.

Visitors to the British Museum’s website who enter ‘go berserk’ into the search bar – a reference to the behaviour displayed by Viking warriors in combat – will be met with a ‘runified’ web page.

Illustrated with a range of beautiful objects that show the runic inscriptions in context, ‘Runes’ provides a glimpse into the languages and cultures of Europeans over a thousand years ago.

Dr Findell’s book ‘Runes’ is published by the British Museum Press and is available to order from the University bookshop.

Below is an example of the Younger Fuþark runic alphabet with Danish long branch, Swedish/Norwegian short twig and latin letters.

Young Runes
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Listen to a podcast interview with Dr Findell on the topic of runes and their significance in Viking culture: