4 episodes

From writing your name on a spear, to commemorating your parents with a runestone, to passing secret notes in church, runes were a central writing system in Northern Europe for centuries. On this podcast, runologist Maja Bäckvall and expert guests talk about runes and the people who read and wrote them. Maja Bäckvall holds a PhD in Scandinavian Languages and works as a post doc researcher at Uppsala University

The Rune Cast Maja Bäckvall

    • Society & Culture

From writing your name on a spear, to commemorating your parents with a runestone, to passing secret notes in church, runes were a central writing system in Northern Europe for centuries. On this podcast, runologist Maja Bäckvall and expert guests talk about runes and the people who read and wrote them. Maja Bäckvall holds a PhD in Scandinavian Languages and works as a post doc researcher at Uppsala University

    Episode 4: Jarlabanki and his family

    Episode 4: Jarlabanki and his family

    Maja introduces us to the most famous family in the runestone world.

    • 18 min
    Episode 3: The younger futhark and Viking Age runestones

    Episode 3: The younger futhark and Viking Age runestones

    Maja introduces Viking Age runes and acts as a runic tourist guide.

    • 30 min
    Episode 2: The earliest runic inscriptions

    Episode 2: The earliest runic inscriptions

    Featuring Lisbeth Imer from the National Museum of Denmark and the recently discovered Øverby stone in Norway.

    • 30 min
    Episode 1: Basics of runology and the origins of runic writing

    Episode 1: Basics of runology and the origins of runic writing

    Featuring professor Henrik Williams and the spectacular Krogsta runestone.

    • 43 min

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