Fifteen years ago ran on PBS in the series NOVA special two-hour episode called „The Vikings.“ This episode is always rated high and is available for rent. The original poster is also still available online, including a generator, explains the Viking runes. Try out, like your name was written with the Vikings!

Runes are the characters of the alphabet used by the Vikings and other Germanic peoples from about the second to the 15th centuries A.D. Some runes vaguely resemble letters in our own alphabet; others look more like symbols. All had meaning to the Vikings, who carved them into their so-called rune stones—large monuments that honor the memory, and the names, of Norsemen past.

Write your name in Viking runes