Here People Still Were Using Runes in the 20th Century

Interesting bit about Vikings and Runes and Sweden and Norse things!

Alvdalen Valley Sweden

Älvdalen in Sweden is so isolated that people recently stopped using runes, and they are still speaking their old Norse-influenced language. (Photo: Albert Jankowski / Wikimedia Commons).

In Scandinavia, use of runes ended during the 13th century. In isolated Älvdalen in Sweden, however, inhabitants not only continued using runes but also developed their own language with many Norse elements.

People in Älvdalen (English: the River Valley) used runes as late as the 20th century, so-called Dalecarlian runes. Deep forests and high mountains isolate the valley located not far from the Norwegian border. The area also has its own language, Elfdalian, still spoken by locals.

In the Nordic countries, runes were the dominant written language before the introduction of Christianity and the Latin alphabet in the 800-900s.

– This is probably the last use of runes in Scandinavia. It is quite exceptional, says linguist Henrik Rosenkvist to the research portal

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1 thought on “Here People Still Were Using Runes in the 20th Century

  1. I would take it with a grain of salt. I recently attended a lecture by Henrick Williams from Uppsala University Uppsala Sweden. He studies nothing but ruined.

    The only runes he mentioned being attached to Norse culture were Elder and Younger Futhark.

    However he did say he is interested in all runes. There are over 6500 world wide. I believe he said half are in Sweden.


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