Ancient Viking Runes from Denmark

The Vikings flourished in Scandinavia between the years 700 AD to 1100, a time known as the Dark Ages (or Medieval) in most of Northern Europe.

The Vikings raised stone markers in memory of their various kinsmen, covered with their distinctive written language of runes. A stone marker with ancient runes written on it at the National History Museum in Copenhagen, DenmarkThis first set of stones were in the National History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. To me they look like mysterious board games. A stone marker with ancient runes written on it at the National History Museum in Copenhagen, DenmarkThe language of the Viking runes decoded at the museum in Silkeborg, Denmark.  Viking runes decoded at the museum in Silkeborg, DenmarkThe Tirsted stone marker from the 10th century.  A stone marker with ancient runes written on it at the National History Museum in Copenhagen, DenmarkThe stone translated to the best of their abilities. It reminds of Google translate for Danish to English – a lot of words, usually the critical ones, are missing!Notes on rune stone at the Danish History Museum in Copenhagen, DenmarkThe red paint was added later by archeologists and adding modern materials to ancient stones is considered corrupting them, and is somewhat controversial in archeological circles.A stone marker with ancient runes written on it at the National History Museum in Copenhagen, DenmarkThis is not the original stone, but a projection painted in what the archeologists believe were the original colours, which explains to me why the early archaeologists painted many of the stones with red – it seems they were trying to recreate the originals. Apparently this rune stone at the Jelling Viking Museum in Denmark was originally painted in bright coloursA projection of the other side of the stone.This is a projection of a stone marker at the Jelling Viking Museum in Denmark. Archeologists believe it was originally painted in bright coloursA glassed-in rune stone at the Jelling Viking Museum is left in the state it was found. With out the red paint the runes become a texture, rather than a language. Personally I prefer the paint, but then I’m not an archeologist. A glassed-in rune stone at the Jelling Viking Museum in DenmarkRune-like markings chiseled out of wood on a paddle.A wood marker with ancient Viking runes on it at the National History Museum in Copenhagen, DenmarkA wood marker with ancient Viking runes on it at the National History Museum in Copenhagen, DenmarkMore of Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Ancient.

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