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Ráð þat, If You Can!
2013 (English)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, Vol. 3, 81-88Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Inscriptions with rune-like symbols continue to challenge the ingenuity of runologists. Such inscriptions may take the form of meaningless scribbles, complex bind-runes, or garbled texts with a hidden message. This article presents five almost identical inscriptions from such diverse places as Sigtuna, Skara, Oslo and Bergen. All five inscriptions consist of runes with added, apparently superfluous, features, and it is argued that these can be interpreted in a way that has not previously been considered.

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Viking Age, Middle Ages, bind-runes, cryptic runes, reading orientation, Skara, Sigtuna, Bryggen in Bergen, Oslo
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Scandinavian Languages
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