Rune carver school
|The oldest rune inscriptions that are known in Scandinavia are from
The use of runes should have began around year 0, for more than 2000 years ago.
Huffed short sprig runes
I will mostly talk about the runes that I use, huffed short sprig runes. When it comes to magic runes and secret runes there are other websites with that information.
Find right among runes
Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Primitive Scandinavian and medieval runes, forget all these for a while and think instead of two rune lines from two time epochs.
The first one is the 24-lined (the Primitive Scandinavian) and the other is the 16-lined futhark.
The Primitive Scandinavian you can’t use seriously, our language and its sounds has changed so much that the Primitive Scandinavian were useless already during the Viking Age.
The 16-lined futhark gets clearer.
16 runes are too few to write clear messengers, they become uncertain and can be misunderstood. This was a problem during the Viking Age and it grew when the people learned more about runes.
The rune “i” for example, is used for e, i and j and the rune “k” is used for both k and g. The solution was to make marks on the runes to show the reader how they should sound like. This modification is called “huffed runes” and then we are by the runes that I use. They are the most usable runes and they are right in time to be used on rune stones today.
|The 16 runes||Huffed runes||Sound problems?||Bind runes|
|The original rune line with only 16 runes is divided in three families.
||A dot in the F-rune for example, shows the reader that it should sound like a V, but it’s still a F.
||Our runes has all the time been in change to fit the time’s language and sounds. Today we can’t make it without the sounds å and j. Suggestions to solution:
The runes A and I has been huffed in a natural way. The reader understands how they should sound like without any bigger problems.
|If you have a limited space, bind runes can be helpful. Bind runes are two runes that share one main staff. Only some runes can be bound so it gets understandable.
|To make it easer I have put the tunes in alphabetic order.
Observe that the runes q, w, x and z don’t exist, but instead we have the
rune th, like in the word “thing”. We also have an extra rune for R that during
the Viking Age was used as the end R in words. Today it’s not of much use.
* Runes for rune stones are softly bent to make the cut work easier.
* * * * * * * Runes for wood are straight and never follows the grain direction, horizontal.
Uppdaterad 17 januari, 2006 av Kalle Runristare All rights reserved, ©