RUNESTAVES ᚱᛇᚾᛋᛏᛖᚡᛥ

 

Note for Google chrome Users: If Runestaves do not display then click here: http://gschoppe.com/blog/fixing-unicode-support-in-google-chrome/

Runes, or more accurately Runestaves, are the native writing of Northern Europe. These days English and other Northern European languages are written using Latin letters, they used to be written using runestaves.
The following pages describe the various runish 'alphabets' or 'futhorcs' used in Northern Europe. There are a number of variations and there are links to the relevant page:

Microsoft Windows 7 and 8 both support the use of Runestaves (and Ogham letters - used by the Irish when the English and Scots used runestaves) but do not provide a keyboard mapper so they can easily be typed. A runish keyboard mapper can be found by clicking here.
And an ogham one by clicking here.

References:

Page, R. I. Runes and Runic Inscriptions (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 1995
Antonsen, Elmer H. Runes and Germanic Linguistics (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2002)

Barnes, Michael P. Runes A Handbook (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 2012)

 

 

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