Runic Alphabet

Runic Alphabet

The Runic Alphabet was the 24 letter alphabet of the Germanic peoples - Norse speaking, Scandinavian, the Vikings.

Most of the ancient runes that still survive today were carved on stone as memorials. The earliest date back to the 2nd century A.D., and continue through the 1400’s.

The path of Viking raiders and Germanic trading expeditions can be tracked by the Rune Stones left behind throughout the Celtic and Icelandic regions.

It was considered a "Pagan" alphabet and disappeared with the spread of Christianity.

You will note that no curved letters exist in this alphabet. Each letter is composed of straight lines - the easier to carve them into rock and other hard surfaces. A variation, several in fact, survive to this day...one notable variation used by the Masons incorporates the addition of dots to indicate a "long" vowel....AY instead of AH.

Although a multitude of objects have been used as tools for divination throughout history (including bones, sticks, clouds, leaves, etc.), it is interesting to note that the use of the Runic Alphabet as a device for divination has no factual, historical basis. (Nor, for that matter, does the use of Tarot Cards. Tarot Cards were devised for a specific set of parlour games and were invented in Italy during the 15th century. In 1773, Frenchman Antoine Court published an entirely invented history of Tarot Cards - imbuing them with mystical wisdom derived from the Ancient Egyptians and describing an "ancient" method for their use as tools of divination. Like the false history of Runes, this interpretation caught the fancy of the public and grew in popularity over time.)

Try using the method of TRANSLITERATION, (the exchanging of one alphabet for another while still remaining in the same language), to write your name or for special messages with your friends. Keep in mind that there are no double letters, as in the word leTTer, you would drop any letter we use twice, and that some sounds are combined (C and K for example) while other sounds, like X are spelled out, (eks). Have fun! :)