Transcribing English to Rune (Elder Runor)





Introduction: Transcribing English to Rune (Elder Runor)

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This is a a one step wonder.  People spend their entire life studying runes and there are many more then just the Elder form, but this key will help you along, if you want more you can't do much better then Lawrence Lo's "Ancient Scripts site at



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      Hey very nice simple guide, wish i had seen this before doing hours of research to find (in bits and pieces) how to do exactly this.

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      Thanks, I've done about 1000 hours of documentation on runes and rune forms and find that most people just want the simple route, I started out jus wanting to write my name, then thought it would be cool to carve it in stone, then I wanted to write full sentences in "Old Norse" using historically correct grammar paint and tools, I wish I had more time to carve.

      Good luck in your endeavors and if you have questions or need help drop me a line, glad to help

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      I am happy to see someone else who is able to write in runes! I picked it up about 2 years ago and it took me two days to do so.

      If you're just transcribing the letters, use your normal grammar rules, if you are using Old Norse the grammar is very dynamic and sometimes shifting.  Many times stones were written so that they were not easily read or understood.  You don't have to write them left to right or top to bottom and the use of kennings or riddles and allusions made things very tricky.

      This is simply converting the English Alphabet into a Runic lettering - a substitution cipher of sorts. It's still English.
      And I agree with 94. Very clean cut and to the point. 5/5

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      Your right, on my runestone page I had people asking about the runes, i would never try to teach Old Norse in this manner.

      When I carve stones I borrow equally from the Sagas and extant stones but it's very easy to simply use it as a cipher.

       Simple, artful. Nice. Quick Question, what about grammar rules?