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The surviving evidence suggests that there was a long-standing and geographically widely-distributed tradition of runic writing in Norway. Relatively large numbers of inscriptions in the older futhark have been found in the country, on both portable objects and memorial stones. There are more medieval inscriptions known from Norway than anywhere else, mainly on objects found […]

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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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In Old Norwegian a phenomenon dubbed vowel harmony affects the realization of the unstressed phonemes /i/ and /u/. Researchers see this phenomenon as a progressive distant assimilation, where the closeness of a stressed vowel influences the closeness of the vowel in the following syllable. There has been debate concerning both the geographical distribution of this […]

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