Futhark – runic alphabet

The archaeological excavations at Bryggen has given us a magnificent collection of runic inscriptions. We find trade letters, receipts, poetry, religious inscriptions, ownership marks and inscriptions with almost verbal utterances. This large variation suggests that runes were known and used by a large proportion of the population in the city during the Middle Ages. The runes contain mostly straight lines, so that they were easy to carve with a knife in a piece of wood or similar.  Continue reading “Futhark – runic alphabet”