There are over 6,000 inscriptions carved in runes on various materials, from Scandinavia, its North Atlantic colonies (Faroe, Iceland, Greenland), Britain and Ireland, and occasionally elsewhere. The overwhelming majority of these are in the runic alphabet known as ‘the younger futhark’, dating from c.AD 750-1500.
This website is the homepage of a newly-established project which will produce an English dictionary of the vocabulary of inscriptions in the younger futhark.
This work of reference will provide both a basic introduction to the language of the runic inscriptions and a foundation for the further study of its lexicon. The aim is to make the rich resources of Viking Age and medieval Scandinavian runic inscriptions more accessible to a variety of end-users.