The Viking Rune logoThis blog is on Vikings and for Vikings. Warriors and traders from Scandinavia reached as far as North America, leaving lasting marks of their presence everywhere. In battle, Vikings feared nothing, eager to join Odin in his hall in heaven. They knew that Valkyries chose who would die and served the fallen in Valhalla. Norse runes and symbols speak an important message for those who abide by the Viking Age values.

Should I Write in Runes Phonetically?

by Viking Rune 25.08.2014
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The idea of writing phonetically is probably the first thing people hear when they delve into the problem of having a runic inscription. Vikings used runes phonetically, they say, so should we, if we want to get something authentic, do the same? A few points have to be cleared up with respect to the way […]

How to Write an Authentic Runic Inscription

by Viking Rune 19.07.2014
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In my previous post on How to Translate Into Runes Correctly I wrote that no such thing as a correct representation of an English or Old Norse text in Norse runes can be achieved in practice. I know it sounds quite disappointing. Let’s consider what can be done about that. The practical advice I gave […]

How to Translate into Runes Correctly

by Viking Rune 12.07.2014
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You cannot translate anything into runes, full stop. Runes are not a language, they are signs devised to represent the sounds of a language, the same way as letters. You also cannot represent anything in runes correctly. No kind of correctness standard may be applied to the Viking Age runic inscriptions, at least in the […]

Old Norse Proverbs: Quotes from the Hávamál

by Viking Rune 27.05.2014
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Hávamál or Sayings of the High One is part of the Elder Edda also known as Poetic Edda. The high one is Odin, and thus all the sayings of this Eddaic poem are attributed to the Allfather. In the original Old Norse the verses are composed in the meter called Ljóðaháttr, which in the Viking Age […]

Ten Viking Hoard Finds You Haven’t Heard About

by Viking Rune 05.05.2014
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The Silverdale hoard and the Vale of York hoard were discussed a lot both in the press and the blogs. However, there are at least 10 more Viking hoards that have been discovered during the last 10 years, which you probably have not heard about. 1. September 2012, Bornholm, Denmark. A Viking Age treasure consisting […]

Viking Hairstyles: Is Ragnar’s Haircut Historical?

by Viking Rune 14.03.2014
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Lately, I have been receiving a lot of questions concerning Viking hairstyles, all inspired by Travis Fimmel’s fancy haircut in The History Channel’s Vikings. A recent blog post Ragnar Lothbrok’s Viking Style by Nancy Marie Brown inspired me to delve deeper into the matter. The present article will quote the original sources on Norse male […]