The Secret Messages of Viking Runestones


Jan van der Crabben
by TED-Ed
published on 22 January 2021

Learn the history of Viking runes, the ancient Norse language of symbols that make up an alphabet called the futhark.

With their navigational skills and advanced longships, the Vikings sustained their seafaring for over 300 years. But for all their might, they left few monuments. Instead, fragments of stone, bark and bone found in the sites of ancient settlements provide the keys to their culture. Many of these objects are inscribed with Old Norse written in runic letters. Jesse Byock explores the ancient language.

Lesson by Jesse Byock, directed by Lisa LaBracio.

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