Write Your Name in Runes: Convert Letters to Runic Symbols

The Rune Converter transforms Roman alphabet, as used in modern English, into five systems of Germanic runic writing: Elder Futhark, Anglo-Saxon runes, Long Branch Younger Futhark, Short Twig Younger Futhark and staveless runes (note that it does not translate the words themselves, it only converts letters into runes). A possibility to choose between these allows to establish a connection with a certain bloodline, tradition or historical period: for instance, if one wishes to emphasize the Viking connection, why use the Elder Futhark, if Vikings did not use it? One should choose between one of the Younger Futhark options instead.

Note that the present converter works with modern English only. Letters with Old Norse (or any other) diacritics will not be converted into runes.

Got Old Norse Word or Phrase to Convert Into Runes?

Here is the guide that will help: How to Write in Old Norse With Futhark Runes

What Types of Runes Are Supported?

  • Elder Futhark is the most ancient Germanic runic alphabet that was in use from the 2nd to 8th centuries by all Germanic tribes. This system of runic writing has a very peculiar and complex inner structure.
  • Anglo-Saxon Futhorc.
  • Long Branch variant of the Younger Futhark, also known as Danish runes, is the normal or standard representation of the Younger Futhark, which began to develop at the end of the 8th century and was accepted by the 10th century in the whole of Scandinavia.
  • Short Twig variant of the Younger Futhark is also known as Rök runes. It was used in Norway and Sweden along with the Long Branch variant that was more characteristic for Denmark.
  • Staveless or Hålsinge runes were used only in a restricted area and may be a good example of minimalism. They also may be interpreted as a secret writing system.

What To Write With Runes?

Viking runes

Perhaps the most obvious idea is to write with runes one’s own name. For more creative solutions and complex phrases one may find helpful to read about the magic runes or runic love quotes. Note that Scandinavians had a tradition to write with runes various Latin sentences.

Before You Ask a Question in the Comments Section Below

Make sure you checked the following articles:

How to Write in Norse Runes
How to Write a Name in Runes for a Tattoo
How to Translate into Runes Correctly
How to Write an Authentic Runic Inscription
Should I Write in Runes Phonetically?

Please do not post requests to translate anything into Old Norse. This page is about how to convert letters into runes, not about how to translate from English into ancient languages.

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Keep in mind that computer generated texts should be used with caution for any permanent use like tattoos or engravings. This tool is provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind.

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  • Irekk

    Hi I am Irekk. I have been writing in runes for almost two years now. I am 15. I must say that this language is the most interesting to me. I am a Christian and I don’t see how runes are associated with witchcraft. Can you please explain?

  • James

    I am thinking of getting another tattoo.. I want the phrase “love unconditionally, without reason” as much as ive found ive gotten it translated into norwegian “Kjærlighet betingelsesløst uten grunn” would it be better to translate the norwegian or english into runes.. And could elder futhark work?

  • Torstein

    Hi Viking Runes i want to tatto Hail Odin in elder furthark so how do i do that do i tranfer english to runes or what ?

  • iban Gonzalez

    I’m interested in tattooing my son’s name using runes. I’m from Barcelona but we’re living in Norway so viking runes make some sense for me.
    I’ve been investigating a little bit and the topic is quite complex. Considering only the viking age and Norway, I’ve found many options: younger futhark, short twigs, swedish-norwegian, norwegian…
    I’ve checked also Omniglot.com, Arild-Hauge.com, Mylittlenorway.com and I’ve got a couple of consistent options. One of them is the one fro your short-twig converter.
    The name is Pau (like Pau Gassol; it sounds almost as “owl” in English. You can type “pau” in google translator selecting Spanish as language and you can listen to it).
    As I can’t type the runes, can I send you a picture of my options to your e-mail so you can give me proper advice?
    Tusen takk!

  • Sarah

    Hi – I’m looking to get numbers (300 and 308) translated either into runes or a Nordic tongue. What was most common?
    Thank you!

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