Texts & Contexts of the Oldest Runic Inscriptions

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This volume gathers all older fuþark inscriptions found in Denmark, Germany, England, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, Bosnia, Rumania, Norway and Sweden. It contains essays on early runic writing, the historical and archaeological contexts of runic objects, and a new theory on the origin of runic writing. The book contains also a catalogue of the runic inscriptions found in the regions mentioned above. The catalogue gives datings, readings and interpretations, plus limited graphic, orthographic and linguistic analyses of the inscriptions from the above mentioned corpora, complete with concise bibliographical references. The overall aim has been to provide the reader with a practical survey of the oldest inscripti-ons from the aforementioned areas, together with relevant archaeological and cultural-historical data. The book is particularly useful for runologists, students and others interested in runes, such as archaeologists, historians, linguists and amateurs. It is actually a handbook covering all older runic inscriptions and their context.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004123960
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/11/2003
  • Series: Northern World Series , #4
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Tineke J.H. Looijenga, Ph.D. (1997) in Historical Linguistics, is Senior Consultant at the University of Groningen. She has published extensively on runes and runic inscriptions.

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Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
List of maps
Ch. 1 Runes, Runology and Runologists
Ch. 2 History, Archaeology and Runes
Ch. 3 On the Origin of Runes
Ch. 4 Summary and Some Conclusions
Ch. 5 Early Danish and South-east European Runic Inscriptions
Ch. 6 Bracteates with Runes
Ch. 7 Continental Runic Inscriptions
Ch. 8 Early Runic Inscriptions in England
Ch. 9 Runic Inscriptions in or from the Netherlands
App Swedish and Norwegian inscriptions in the older Fupark
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