Runes 

The seax of Beagnoth is a tanged knife made from iron and inlaid with copper, bronze and silver. It has a complete set of runes engraved on one side and the name Beagnoth shown here.

 

 

   The Anglo-Saxons and Vikings both used a series of special symbols as a magical alphabet, before Roman lettering was popularised by Christian monks writing their prayer books. In this session we look at photographs of some of the Anglo-Saxon objects with inscriptions and some Viking memorial rune-stones.

   Using air-drying or Fimo clay, we make miniature versions of the objects or runestones and engrave our own memorial or personal messages on them.

 

Questions answered: Why did people write with runes? Why were they special? Did they have any other uses?