The bear's tooth amulet from Birsay and other runic inscriptions from Orkney with magical purposes

Activity: Talk / Presentation / Podcast / WebinarInvited talk


This talk explores the runic inscriptions found in Orkney which seem to have been made with a ‘magical’ purpose in mind: A runic amulet made from a bear’s tooth, and two inscribed pieces of metal. These will be explained in the light of other similar finds from Scandinavia, and we get a glimpse into the beliefs and superstitions among the medieval Norse.
Invited by the Orkney Archaeology Society, held at the St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall, audience of c. 120
Period20 Aug 2019
Held atOrkney Archaeology Society, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Runes
  • Orkney