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The Manx Runes and the Supposed Jæren Connection
Department of Scandinavian Studies, University College London.
2013 (English)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, Vol. 3, 59-80 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It has been argued that there is a connection between the Scandinavian runic inscriptions of the Isle of Man and a group from the district of Jæren in southwestern Norway. The Manx inscriptions are dated on art-historical grounds to c. 930–1020, the Jæren group to around the year 1000 — partly because they seem to span the period of the conversion of Norway to Christianity, partly on the basis of their rune forms and language. There are problems with these datings, not least for those who have considered Manx runic tradition influenced by that of Jæren. There is also a mismatch between the 930–1020 period assigned to the Manx inscriptions on art-historical grounds and the testimony of their rune forms and language, which suggests that many of them at least may come closer in time to the Jæren group. This article examines previous contributions to the debate and analyses the data from both Man and Jæren. It has two main aims: to inject clarity into the discussion and to distinguish fact from assertion and uncertain hypothesis.

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2013. Vol. 3, 59-80 p.
Keyword [en]
Isle of Man, Jæren, Manx crosses, runes, short-twig runes, runic inscriptions, rune-stones, Scandinavian language history
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Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198546OAI: diva2:616873
Available from: 2013-04-19 Created: 2013-04-19 Last updated: 2013-04-19Bibliographically approved

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