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
Jarlabanki and his family
Maja introduces us to the most famous family in the runestone world.
The younger futhark and Viking Age runestones
Maja introduces Viking Age runes and acts as a runic tourist guide.
The earliest runic inscriptions
Featuring Lisbeth Imer from the National Museum of Denmark and the recently discovered Øverby stone in Norway.
Basics of runology and the origins of runic writing
Featuring professor Henrik Williams and the spectacular Krogsta runestone.
Eloquent masterpiece of pedagogy - being a fine introduction to Runology the Rune Cast still manages to go into depth just by opening up the subject to us new listeners.