My poster addresses the issue of writing and reading runes in medieval Scandinavia from the perspective of specific visual strategies of runic literacy. The poster highlights the question of whether certain inscriptions allow us to trace a practice of employing recurring graphematic representations of particular ‘runic words’ or ‘phrases’ that stand visually and topographically distinct. These could be considered runic ‘sight words’ – having been automatically produced and/or recognized, without engaging in the active encoding or decoding of their composite elements. ‘Sight words’ is a term that is commonly used when outlining the developmental stages of children when they learn to read and write. The designation refers to words that children would memorize and recognize as a whole by sight (other common preliminary stages of writing include scribbling, the use of letter-like symbols and strings of letters – some aspects of which have been related to the analysis of runic inscriptions in a study by Hagland and Trøite Lorentzen from 1997). This study does not explore ‘sight words’ as evidence of developmental stages of rune carvers; the emphasis is on whether a phenomenon akin to ‘sight words’ could have been of significance in the production and experience of (parts of) runic texts. The term is here used as a general reference to the visual features as well as topological shapes and junctions of certain runic letter combinations and words. Runic ‘sight words’ could be compared to visualized objects – being more easy to memorize, (re)produce and recognize. The poster illuminates the preliminary insights and results of a study that examines medieval runic inscriptions; similar aspects could be analyzed in connection with inscriptions from other periods of time. The principal focus is on inscriptions preserved from urban environments, carved into materials such as wood and bone. Of particular interest are runic Latin inscriptions that contain widely known texts which were in essence memorized quotes and reveal varying degrees of runic and Latin literacy. The recorded shorter and longer passages of Latin prayers like Ave Maria and Pater Noster have in numerous studies been analyzed as displaying specific runic spelling conventions and/or following medieval pronunciation. It is further possible to look at the graphematic rendering of these and other runic texts in terms of their visual and topographical features, identifying units of text that could have been memorized and recognized as a whole by sight.