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Blutwölfin
Friday, November 11th, 2005, 11:25 AM
Just a funny thing, nothing serious and .. uhm.. not always 100 % correct. But nice, of course.

Write your name in runes (http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/write.html)


http://tinypic.com/fkxpup.jpg

Blondie
Friday, November 11th, 2005, 02:52 PM
I believe mine was rather accurate.

Sigurd
Friday, November 11th, 2005, 03:47 PM
Fun :D

http://www.forums.skadi.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=6610&d=1131724025

http://www.forums.skadi.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=6611&d=1131724025

Weg
Sunday, November 13th, 2005, 12:41 AM
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_w.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_g.gif

Russian_Philosopher
Sunday, November 13th, 2005, 01:55 AM
How to download here the image?

Blutwölfin
Sunday, November 13th, 2005, 09:23 AM
Here? There? Where?
Me at least, I made a simple screenshot.

Blood_Axis
Sunday, November 13th, 2005, 01:02 PM
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_d.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_n.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gif

;)

Sigurd
Sunday, November 13th, 2005, 03:05 PM
http://www.blutundboden.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=503&stc=1&d=1131894273

And our forum name:

http://www.blutundboden.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=504&stc=1&d=1131894274

Mjölnir
Sunday, November 13th, 2005, 04:22 PM
:evil

M.,:D

Frans_Jozef
Sunday, November 13th, 2005, 09:06 PM
Almost nice and mystifying for a wayward engraving :) ...

Frans_Jozef
Sunday, November 13th, 2005, 10:45 PM
Makes for an eldritch and wayward engraving, almost the formula to invoke something sinister...;)

Freydis
Monday, November 14th, 2005, 08:25 PM
I can do it without this ;)

Fehu Raidho Ehwas Jera Dagaz Isa Sowilo

Mjölnir
Monday, November 14th, 2005, 08:58 PM
I can do it without this ;)

Fehu Raidho Ehwas Jera Dagaz Isa Sowilo

Fine that you can do that!

M.,;) :thumbup

Freydis
Tuesday, November 15th, 2005, 01:20 AM
Is there a "Rune" section on this forum?

Weg
Tuesday, November 15th, 2005, 01:36 AM
Is there a "Rune" section on this forum?

forum.forums.skadi.netdisplay.php?f=583 (http://forum.forums.skadi.netdisplay.php?f=583)

Weg
Tuesday, November 15th, 2005, 05:40 PM
Hmm, I'm wondering something... Didn't they let some space between words?

Freydis
Thursday, November 17th, 2005, 03:01 AM
That makes me happy. Thank you :D

Leadschlagerin
Monday, June 5th, 2006, 03:48 PM
Folks, it takes about 20 minutes to learn the germanic runes by heart...;)

Which mollycoddle needs this damn program??:D

Leadschlagerin,:)

Vinrith
Wednesday, June 7th, 2006, 09:25 AM
:D I learned 5 Futharks and 6 runecodes by heart

But it's funny:

http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_w.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_i.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_n.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_i.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_th.gif

Klegutati
Monday, June 26th, 2006, 02:48 AM
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_d.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_n.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_i.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_l.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_d.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_o.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_w.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_n.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gif My name I guess...

Wōdanaz
Monday, June 26th, 2006, 03:15 AM
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_k.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_f.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_f.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_t.gif

Na toll! :D

Prometheusfunke
Monday, June 26th, 2006, 04:00 AM
i can read and write futhark quite well, so nothing that special for me. :D

some of you translated their real names, at least it seems like. don't you think, that's a bit risky? i can read them.....and i think others could, too......

D'Vadder
Monday, June 26th, 2006, 08:45 AM
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_d.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_o.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_m.gif



:D :D :D Krafft's and my name are the best! :D :D :D

Wōdanaz
Monday, June 26th, 2006, 11:04 AM
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_d.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_o.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_m.gif



:D :D :D Krafft's and my name are the best! :D :D :D



Well, what shall we do? Stop being goodlooking, even in our names? Haha!:D

Prometheusfunke
Monday, June 26th, 2006, 12:38 PM
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_p.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_o.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_m.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_t.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_h.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_u.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_s.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_f.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_u.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_n.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_k.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gif

I've got the longest :D

Frau_Hierl
Monday, June 26th, 2006, 12:45 PM
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_u.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gif ;)

Scholar
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 12:07 AM
Is it just me or do you guys think that the runic alphabet looks very "Greek" or "Latin"? Which one came first?

Spjabork
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 12:53 PM
Is it just me or do you guys think that the runic alphabet looks very "Greek" or "Latin"? Which one came first?
According to Germanic Mythology, Odinn/Woden/Wotan created the Futhark and later handed it over to mankind. :)

The current "scientific" theory goes as follows:
In Ancient Egypt, the caste of High Priests invented the hieroglyphs. They were pictograms (=pictures, describing a thing or concept). By time, for the purpose of faster writing, the so called "hieratic" and later "demotic" script characters were derived from them.

These demotic characters were then taken over by the Phoenicians, at some time during the late second millenium B.C. It was them, who detached the idea of the original pictures (which were of course depicting Egyptian ideas, covered by Egyptian words) from the mere "pronunciation" of the single character. In this way, every single character became to designate one single, distinctive sound. These sounds were all consonants.

This Phoenician "character set" was borrowed by the Greeks, early in the first half of the first century B.C. The Greeks introduced the representing of distinctive vowels, by changing the phonetical "value" of superfluous Phoenician consonants.

From now on, there is no common agreement among scholars. It is said that the Romans had taken the "letters" from the Greeks. How the Germanics got their "runes" is not quite clear. It can only be taken for sure, that they didn't invent them.

OTOH it is known, that the Romans owe much to the Etruscans. And the Etruscans were located between the Germanics and the Romans for some time around the middle of the first millenium B.C. Well, if you compare the Etruscan characters to the Germanic runes, then you get the impression that they are more or less one and the same. Also, the oldest Greek characters - quite different from what we today have in mind when we think of them - strongly resemble the Germanic runes as well as the Etruscan "runes".

IMO, at a certain time early in the first century B.C., the "idea" of writing characters was spread by some people, via some obscure way, around at least the Greeks, the Germanics and the Etruscans more or less at the same time. The Romans then have taken them - IMO - from the Etruscans, not from the Greek. Roman historiography has distorted that tradition due to the not very healthy relations between Romans and Etruscans.

It may be, that the "runes" were introduced the same way and by the same people as the ironworks technology. But this is uncertain.

Landerun
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 01:02 PM
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_l.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_n.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_d.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_u.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_n.gif

or my realname

http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_k.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_s.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_t.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_i.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_n.gif

Vinrith
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 04:34 PM
The Dagaz Rune (German name: Tag-Rune) looks not right...

Ulvhedin
Friday, November 10th, 2006, 11:57 AM
The Dagaz Rune (German name: Tag-Rune) looks not right...

Cause nowadays futhark is just like enterteinment for roleplayers :thumbdown
Futhark is very useful(it should be), & its not worse than latin alphabet

Theudiskaz
Saturday, November 11th, 2006, 01:33 AM
Username
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_th.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_u.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_d.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_i.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_s.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_k.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_z.gif

Real name

http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_z.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_k.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_h.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_j.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_space.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_s.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_m.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_i.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_th.gif

Thorburn
Saturday, November 11th, 2006, 01:42 AM
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_th.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_o.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_b.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_u.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_n.gif

Oswiu
Saturday, November 11th, 2006, 02:31 AM
Why not, eh?
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_o.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_s.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_w.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_i.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_u.gif
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_th.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_l.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_f.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_i.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_th.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_i.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_ng.gif

wöllsteiner
Sunday, November 12th, 2006, 10:36 AM
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_p.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_o.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_m.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_t.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_h.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_u.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_s.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_f.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_u.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_n.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_k.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gif

I've got the longest :D

http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_g.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_n.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_o.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_k.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_space.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_t.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_j.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_s.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_k.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_l.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_n.gifhttp://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_d.gif

now,i've got the longest...:D

some_one_number_one
Sunday, November 12th, 2006, 10:47 AM
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_g.gif
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gif
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gif
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_g.gif
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_o.gif
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gif

Gregor

or Wardach
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_w.gif
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gif
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gif
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_d.gif
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gif
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_c.gif
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_h.gif

Skerritt
Sunday, November 12th, 2006, 05:14 PM
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_o.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_w.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_l.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_space.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_n.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_a.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_p.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_p.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_e.gif http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vikings/runes/images/rune_r.gif

Kjeld
Sunday, November 12th, 2006, 05:21 PM
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Dagna
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008, 02:38 AM
Runes Through Time
by Nicole Sanderson

The Vikings are often portrayed as illiterate, uncultured barbarians who evinced more interest in plunder than in poetry. In fact, the Vikings left behind a great number of documents in stone, wood and metal, all written in the enigmatic symbols known as runes. They relied on these symbols not only for writing but also to tell fortunes, cast spells, and provide protection.

Early Germanic tribes of northern Europe were first to develop runes, but the Scandinavians soon adopted the symbols for their own use. When the seafaring Vikings traveled to faraway lands, they brought their system of writing with them, leaving runic inscriptions in places as distant as Greenland. Wherever they went, Vikings turned to runes to express both the poetic ("Listen, ring-bearers, while I speak/Of the glories in war of Harald, most wealthy") and the prosaic ("Rannvieg owns this box"), inscribing them on everything from great stone monuments to common household items.

Learn your F-U-TH's
The runic alphabet, or Futhark, gets its name from its first six sounds (f, u, th, a, r, k), much like the word 'alphabet' derives from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha and beta. Each rune not only represents a phonetic sound but also has its own distinct meaning often connected with Norse mythology (see clickable alphabet at left). Scholars believe that early peoples used the runes originally as a means of communication and only later for magical purposes.

Historians disagree on when runes first came into use. Since the first objects inscribed with runes date to the second and third centuries A.D., some surmise that the runic alphabet arose during the first century A.D. Scholars concur that runes grew out of an earlier alphabet, but which one is unclear. A likely candidate is the Etruscan alphabet. Many argue that the geographic proximity of the Etruscans, who lived in northern Italy, to the Germanic tribes of northern Europe makes it likely that these two groups had some form of cultural exchange. Also, similarities exist in some letterforms of the Etruscan and runic alphabets. Another possibility for a source alphabet is Latin. Those who subscribe to this theory believe that the numerous commercial contacts between the Germanic tribes and the Roman Empire during the first century A.D. exposed the former to the Latin alphabet. The Northerners may have simply borrowed the Roman letters and adapted them to their needs.

The Scandinavians had their own explanation for the appearance of the runes. According to legend, Odin, chief of the Norse gods, speared himself to a tree in a self-sacrificial attempt to receive occult knowledge. As he hung suspended for nine windy nights, he learned the mysteries of the runes, which he then passed on to his people. Since Nordic peoples believed the runic script to be a gift from Odin, they treated it with great reverence. Belief in the divine origin of the runes also contributed to the idea that runes possessed magical powers.

Meet the Rune Master
Those who used them for magic took the supernatural powers of the runes seriously. As one Viking poet put it, "Let no man carve runes to cast a spell, save first he learns to read them well." While many in the upper classes could read and write runes, the Vikings called in a specialist when dealing with the talismanic properties of their alphabet. These experts, called Rune Masters, were specially trained to bring runes into play for divination and sorcery.

Judging from the many poems and legends chronicling their feats, the Rune Masters held positions of great importance in the Viking world. In one tale, a woman becomes deathly ill due to the bungling of an amateur Rune Master. The sorcerer carves a runic formula onto a whalebone, which the woman then hangs over her bed. The inscription is meant to protect her, but because it bears the wrong runes, it makes her sick. Another Rune Master corrects the runes, and the woman immediately recovers. In another story, a Rune Master inscribes protective runic symbols on his drinking horn. When a rival attempts to poison his drink, the drinking horn breaks in two. Thanks to his knowledge of the runes, the Rune Master saves his own life.

Rune Masters were also skilled in the art of rune casting, a method of divination. In one common rune-casting technique, the diviner carved runes on pieces of bark, then flung the pieces on the ground, picked three at random, and used the symbols inscribed on them to answer his client's question. Alternatively, the Rune Master painted runes on flat pebbles. He then placed the pebbles in a leather bag, shook the bag, and cast the pebbles onto the ground. Runes that landed face up served for the divination.

Viking warriors harnessed the arcane powers of the runes even in war. Runic inscriptions on swords entreated the gods either to protect the sword's owner or bring pain and misery to his enemy. The berserkers, whose reckless behavior on the battlefield gave rise to the word 'beserk,' may owe their reputation in part to the runes. These warriors customarily carved the runic symbol for Tyr, the god of war, onto their shields. They would then charge fearlessly into battle, in the belief that nothing could overcome the power of the runes.

Raise a runestone
The magical met the mundane in the runestones—large, freestanding rocks or boulders inscribed with runes. Runestones that served as memorials to the dead often bore thaumaturgical formulas meant to ease the dead person's passage into the next world. But these monuments had a pragmatic purpose as well: documenting how much land the deceased had owned and listing relatives who would likely inherit that person's estate. One such dual-purpose runestone was put up by "Kaufi and Autir, they erected this stone in memory of Tumi, their brother who owned Gusnava [a Swedish village]." Kaufi and Autir erected their runestone both to honor their brother and to make perfectly clear who owned Gusnava after his death.

Although most runestones honor men, some commemorated Viking women. One runestone found in Norway honors "Gunnvor, Thryrik's daughter, [who] built a bridge in memory of her daughter Astrid. She was the handiest girl in Hadeland." Some runestones also celebrated the achievements of the living. In one example, Jarlabanki, builder of the famous Jarlabanki causeway in 11th-century Sweden, erected a group of runestones to aggrandize himself for his contributions to the community.

Even with the advent of Christianity in the north, runes continued to appear on coffins, gravestones, and monuments, often side-by-side with more traditional Christian symbols. Like many of their contemporaries, the Norsemen Sven and Thorgot, who raised a runestone "in memory of Manni and Sveni; may God help their souls," had no problem using pagan symbols to replace the usual "may Thor hallow these Runes" with an appeal to the Christian God. The Norsemen continued the practice of mixing runes with Christian symbols until the 17th century, when the medieval church banned runes in an attempt to drive out all vestiges of superstition, paganism, and magic. Runes fell out of widespread use but did not disappear altogether, and in recent times the Vikings' enigmatic alphabet has had a resurgence at the hands of everyone from Nazis to New Agers.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/vikings/runes.html

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SwordOfTheVistula
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008, 05:39 AM
That translator thing doesn't really work, it is supposedly based on phonetic matches to the latin alphabet, yet names which are pronounced the same come out different in that 'translator' (example: Kris/Chris)

SouthernBoy
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008, 06:35 AM
This is my name. ;)

http://img236.imageshack.us/img236/8523/namege6.png

Freydis
Thursday, July 17th, 2008, 12:20 AM
That translator thing doesn't really work, it is supposedly based on phonetic matches to the latin alphabet, yet names which are pronounced the same come out different in that 'translator' (example: Kris/Chris)

Seconded? It seems very odd, I think the best thing to do is to learn the futhark (one of them) and to do it that way

Nagelfar
Thursday, July 17th, 2008, 08:26 AM
I hate this kind of thing. Very "new age-ish for fun" and glosses over the real scholarly work of transliterating rune languages; which has to be done with the language in question that the runes were in; and then study and understand the commonly used sounds of what runes were actually used (the 1 to 1 use of approximation to the Latin alphabet that the linked site and many new age books give is patently false... for example, the ancient Germanic peoples did not spell "Odin/Wotan" in runes as Othila-Dagaz-Isa-Nauthiz, even in the older futhark where othila & dagaz were used, "Odin/Wotan" was always spelt in runes as Uruz-Thurisaz-Isa-Nauthiz; thurisaz being the voiced "Ð/ð" sound)

If you want to learn to spell your name in runes, study the back formation of Germanic language roots, omit double letters, learn the true sound forms from the attested norse runestones and transliterate your name back to the closest loan word or cognate to that, and that's how much work it actually takes: but it is possible and does have a potential basis for happening. Just not this way.

A few tips: Letters were never used more than one in sequence for writing; for mystical, "magical" purposes yes, but never for writing, even if the letter used was for two separate words (i.e. if your first name ends with a "T/Tyr" and your last names begins with a "T/Tyr", you'd only write one tyr rune, even though it is two separate words/names). There's some other things too, for example dropping nasals before dentals (Brant would be written Brat) "J" is usually written as Isa depending, many "O"s are in fact Uruz. Ansuz before Uruz is not uncommon for a "Ö" sound. Unless it's a long "EE" sound, use Isa. Many "D" sounds are in fact Thurisaz, as well as T sounds, unless it's a real sharp dental where Tyr would be better.

ladybright
Thursday, July 17th, 2008, 06:31 PM
I find this kind of thing to be rather 'fluffy' but something that could be an opening for some to real research.

Pythia
Monday, October 6th, 2008, 04:04 AM
Mine came out exactly right, too.