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Many Viking runes were meaningless

A new study of rune stones shows that many of the carvings were gibberish.

The researcher claims that the Vikings who carved them couldn’t write and the people who saw them couldn’t read.

‘What was important was showing that you could write,’ explained researcher Marco Bianchi, who is an expert in Nordic languages. ‘What you wrote wasn’t so important since no-one could read it anyway.’

Most of the rune stones examined by Bianchi are found in the remote north of Sweden, but he has also discovered rune stones with meaningless signs that look like writing in Denmark.

The runic alphabets are a set of related alphabets using letters known as runes to write various Germanic languages prior to the adoption of the Latin alphabet. Most of the rune stones in Scandinavia were carved in the late Viking period around the year 1,000 AD.

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