The Orkney Book of Runes

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The Orkney Book of Runes explores the exciting stories of the more than fifty runic inscriptions found in the Orkney Islands.
Norwegian territory until AD 1468, to the Norse people of Orkney runes were the natural medium of expressing in writing anything from pious prayers and memorials to beloved family members, to magic amulets and humorous graffiti.
Today these runic inscriptions form an exciting and eclectic collection of glimpses into life around a millennium ago.
But just as exciting are also the stories of their discoveries and how they have stirred our emotions, awoken our interest, sparked debates and shaped how Orcadians today understand their history and identity.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherOrkney Archaeology Society (OAS)
Number of pages60
ISBN (Print)978-1-9161777-0-3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2019


  • Runes
  • Old Norse
  • Orkney and Shetland Studies
  • Orkney
  • Runology
  • Runic inscriptions


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