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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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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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