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Whilst the runica manuscripta of the English tradition (Derolez 1954, Derolez 1991), the Scandinavian rune poems (Heizmann 1998, Bauer 2003), their recording in the scholarly, early medieval treatise (De inventione litterarum), their occasional use as the writer’s signature and within the Old High German glosses have been comparatively well-researched  (Nievergelt 2009), this does not apply […]

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Scandinavian Viking-Age runic epigraphy is according to Sawyer (2000, 8) always rendered in Old Scandinavian. However, there remains a tiny residue of 11th–12th c. epigraphs, which are reminiscent of texts in a natural language, yet not amenable to a Scandinavian (or Latin) reading and hence usually considered to be magical, encrypted, or nonsensical. Eliasson (2007, […]

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Around the turn of the last Millennium, two papers published by Judith Jesch and Anders Andrén respectively expressed the idea that the visual proximity of words in Swedish runic inscriptions of the 11th century may have been more than a mere coincidence. Both researchers argued independently that the Swedish rune-carvers of the Late Viking Age […]

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In the spring of 2014, a Viking Age rune-stone was discovered at Sockburn, in Cleveland, a site already associated with a considerable number of Anglo-Scandinavian sculptures in the form of both hogbacks and crosses. The poster presents a preliminary interpretation of the inscription by the members of the Cleveland team of the Languages, Myths and […]

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This paper considers the changing nature of discourse surrounding monuments bearing runic inscriptions in the Northern Isles.  In particular it will examine the runic inscription (Br OR05) on one stone from the late Neolithic/ early Bronze Age Ring of Brodgar.  This is an uncertain inscription; its ‘Viking age’ authenticity is not validated.  Amongst its interpretations […]

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Omkring 900 vikingatida rungraffiti på mynt beaktas mycket sällan i runologi, trots att de kan sprida ljus över runinskrifter som inte hade analogier. 1. Runinskriften på Værløse-spännet (Sj 21, 200-220 AD) alugod har åtta olika tolkningar. Men frånvaron av analogier gör dem alla föga troliga. Rungraffiti på mynt tillåter oss att föreslå en tolkning av […]

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Knot runes are an elaborated variety of runes which have fascinated scholars over the centuries. But knot runes have proved to be both elusive and confusing too. In the year 1600 the founding father of Swedish runology, Johannes Bureus, observed the peculiar knot runes in the Ovansjö inscription, Gs 15, during his visit to the […]

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Att läsa runor på mindre lösföremål av metall är ofta förenat med specifika svårigheter och hinder. Därför kräver det också andra metoder än dem som används vid läsning av runinskrifter på t.ex. sten. För det första är runorna på metallföremål som regel mycket små och inte så sällan skadade av korrosion. Inskriftens yta kan ibland […]

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Am 26.11.2010 wurden im Römisch-Germanischen Museum Köln zusammen mit Klaus Düwel das Bügelfibelfragment von Bad Ems (KJ 142) und die Bügelfibel von Beuchte (KJ 8) untersucht. Die Unterschiede in den Gravurmerkmalen der beiden Inschriftenteile sowie die Charakteristika der Absetzungsweise der Fußplatte lassen neue Ansätze zur Interpretation des Runenfundes von Bad Ems zu, die im Vortrag näher […]

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The durability and longevity of the material of the Scandinavian runic memorial stones were considered important aspects of the monuments, as is occasionally attested in the inscription. Together with their size and weight, this can create the impression of static monuments. At the same time we know, however, that individual monuments were adapted and transformed, […]

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Runstenen Vg 199 är en inskrift som, trots att den varit känd sedan 1950-talet, ännu inte tolkats på ett tillfredsställande sätt. Att stenen har ansetts svårtolkad är förståeligt, då den är skadad och flera partier av inskriften därmed saknas. Dessutom är många av runorna på stenen så pass vittrade att det bitvis är i det […]

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In this paper, I address two important issues regarding the description and decipherment of runes on metal objects. The first point concerns a comprehensive epigraphic analysis of runic writing prior to identifying runic graphs. Exemplified with autopsy-based results from the Continental runic corpus, I will present a systematic way of analysing and documenting epigraphic features, […]

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Föredraget presenterar ett nytt tolkningsförslag av nekrologen på Ög 83. Förslaget ansluter till Alexandra Petrulevich tolkning av ortnamnet, men är delvis oberoende av det så länge som ualu kan förutsättas innehålla ett ortnamn. Inskriften på Ög 83 lyder · þura · sati · stin · þasi · aftiʀ · suin · sun · sin · ʀs · uʀstr · o · ualu · Þōra satti stæin […]

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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. […]

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