The Viking RuneThis 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.

Ulfberht Viking Sword from Novgorod

by Viking Rune 16.02.2015
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Viking swords are sometimes called Carolingian swords or Carolingian type swords. It is believed that they developed from Vendel type swords, which, in their turn, emerged under the influence of Spatha, a Celtic sword adopted by Roman cavalry along with the Celtic cavalrymen. A universally accepted Viking sword typology was created by Jan Petersen in […]

Swedish Names: Top 100 Names Popular in Sweden

by Viking Rune 09.02.2015
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The list of top 100 popular Swedish names includes names that have been the most widespread during the last 100 years in Sweden. Some of them were popular once and then enjoyed less spreading. Others remain popular until today. The list is divided into top 50 male and top 50 female Swedish names. ON stands […]

Runic Inscription on the Sword of Kings in Vikings 2.10

by Viking Rune 02.02.2015
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Lord’s Prayer, the Vikings TV series 2nd season final episode, features a so called sword of kings, which is regarded as part of royal insignia, a symbol of power that passes from defeated Horik to victorious Ragnar. The weapon is loosely based on gorgeous type D Carolingian swords but it has an unusually long grip and untypical blade […]

Sources for Names of Germanic Runes

by Viking Rune 29.01.2015
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All types of Germanic runic writing are basically kindred and go back to the Common Germanic Elder Futhark. One may be certain that these ancient runes had names. Alas, no rune-master of the Common Germanic period either left us a list of names for the Elder Futhark or explained what these names meant. Therefore modern […]

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 […]