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Saxon Writing.
  • Runes were letters used by the Saxons to write short messages of ownership, like "This belongs to Offa".
  • They were also used to write inscriptions on gravestones, like "Here lies Alfred. We miss him".
  • They were usually carved on wood or stone (not written in books).
  • There were different types of runes. The ones used in Britain are known as 'Anglo-Saxon' Runes.
  • There are 33 characters in this Runic Alphabet.
  • The Alphabet is called a 'Futhork' from the first 6 letters.
  • Christians did not understand runes. They thought they were evil and could be used to cast spells.
  • Can you spell your name using some of the runes below?
     
F
Feo
U
Ur
TH
Thorn
O
Os
R
Rad
K
Ken
G
(as in Geoffrey)
Geofu
W
Wynn
H
Hagall
N
Nied
I
Is
J
Jara
IE
Yr
P
Pertra
X
Eolh
S
Sigel
T
Tir
B
Beroc
E
Eoh
M
Mann
L
Lagu
NG
Ing
OE
Otael
D
Daeg
A
Ac
AE
Asec
Y
Yr
IO
Ior
EA
Ear
QU
Cweorp
C
Calk
ST
Stan
G
(as in Garnish)
Gar

 

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