Update to “late additions to the runes”

I stumbled across a page from AM 738 4to with an expanded Norwegian Rune Poem with verses for additions to the standard sixteen “base” runes. I had some trouble translating it, but I’ve posted a normalized version of the text and my tentative attempt at a translation on the “late additions to the runes” page. For convenience, I’ll reproduce the part I just added after the break.

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Runic transliteration and transcription

Anyone interested in working with actual runic inscriptions will usually not be looking at the actual inscription itself, but a representation given by a runologist who has seen it. Since you need to know what you’re looking at, this is a description of the tools runologists use to do that called transliteration and transcription. Read it here: https://ordstirr.wordpress.com/runes/reading-rune-transliterations/

New page on late innovations to the runes

One of my interests is how late medieval and early modern poets and scribes continued to propagate information about runes, and occasionally tweak things here and there, like by adding new names and kennings to runes that previously were merely variants of others.

The earliest ones mentioned here picked up and are copied with somewhat high frequency (though are not universal). Others look like they are late innovations that couldn’t carve out a permanent place for themselves, but are interesting inventions anyway.

Read the page here.

Hiding runes in poetry

Sorry for the lack of activity, I’ve been very busy with school lately.

I just posted a short description of a practice described better in an Icelandic article from the journal Skírnir regarding hidden messages in rímur using rune names. I’ve noticed that the heathen community seems to have “discovered” the late medieval/early modern Icelandic runic tradition but there is not much written about it, and especially not in English. I thought this might help put in context the massive lists of rune kennings found in the manuscripts.

Read the post here: https://ordstirr.wordpress.com/runes/spelling-with-rune-kennings/

New page on younger fuþark vowels

It always disappoints me that there aren’t more people into the actual viking runes. I think it’s because the vowel system is confusing. I try to explain it in a way that makes sense. I mostly ignore the ą́ss rune ᚮ but I do discuss nasalization a little bit.