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The Viking’s Jötunvillur Runic Code is Solved
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Posted on 02/12/2014 6:45:06 PM PST by P.O.E.

On this stick from the 1200s found in Bergen, two men named Sigurd and Lavran have written their names both in code and with regular runes. This helped runologist Jonas Nordby to solve the Jötunvillur code.

For the first time, the Jötunvillur runic code is cracked. It can help to solve the mystery of the Vikings’ secret codes.

Why did the Vikings use codes when they wrote runes? Was it a secret message or other reasons that they encrypted runic texts? This, we still know little about.

But runologist Jonas Nordby think he may be one step closer to the solution. The rune expert has managed to interpret a code called Jötunvillur which for years has puzzled researchers.

The discovery could help us understand the purpose of the codes.

- It’s like solving a riddle, Nordby says to forskning.no.

- Gradually I began to see a pattern in what apparently were meaningless combinations of runes.

Many Wrote in Codes

The Vikings and Norse medieval people often engraved runic codes on wooden sticks, stones and other objects. The codes exist in many forms and contexts. They are found throughout Scandinavia, the British Isles and in other places where runes were in use.

- It was very common to use codes, and large parts of the population knew how to use them. Therefore, I think it was something you learned while studying runes. If you had learnt to read and write, you also had learnt codes, Jonas Nordby says.

Nordby, who now is taking a PhD in runes, is the first to have examined all the findings of runic codes in northern Europe, about 80 inscriptions. During his doctoral studies, he has traveled to several countries and studied runic inscriptions from 800 AD and later.

Imaginative use

- Many believe the Vikings used cryptography to hide secret messages. But I think the codes were used for playing and learning, rather than to communicate, Nordby says.

One of the reasons he can make this claim, is that the Jötunvillur code is written in a way that can be interpreted in different ways.

- Jötunvillur is only possible to write, not read. It gives no sense that it was used for messages.

That is why he has looked at other ways to use it. Nordby believes the Vikings memorized the runic character names by using the Jötunvillur code.


TOPICS: Books/Literature; History; Science
KEYWORDS: epigraphyandlanguage; ggg; ggggodsgravesglyphs; godsgravesglyphs; runes; secretcode; thevikings; vikings
Odin is pleased at the shenaningans.
1 posted on 02/12/2014 6:45:07 PM PST by P.O.E.
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To: P.O.E.

futhark ping


2 posted on 02/12/2014 6:47:14 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: P.O.E.
large parts of the population knew how to use them

...text 0u812...

3 posted on 02/12/2014 6:47:20 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: P.O.E.

Reads “See Rock City” and “Kilroy was here”


4 posted on 02/12/2014 6:48:40 PM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: P.O.E.

“Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.”


5 posted on 02/12/2014 6:50:29 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: GreenHornet

“don’t forget to pick up the milk”.


6 posted on 02/12/2014 6:53:07 PM PST by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


7 posted on 02/12/2014 6:53:37 PM PST by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg

Heh... Some shopping list:

Milk
Eggs
Lithe Celtic lasses
Bread


8 posted on 02/12/2014 6:57:11 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: P.O.E.
Jötunvillur is only possible to write, not read.

So.... solving the code means.... no one knows what it says ? What an amazing accomplishment.

I guess that's why the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything is... 42.

9 posted on 02/12/2014 7:02:12 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: Ramius

I doubt they were vegetarians.


10 posted on 02/12/2014 7:03:02 PM PST by MrChips (Ad sapientiam pertinet aeternarum rerum cognitio intellectualis - St. Augustine)
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To: P.O.E.

Decoded: “Send More Chuck Berry”.


11 posted on 02/12/2014 7:05:12 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. DonÂ’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: P.O.E.

It says - People of the future: Beware of the thing called Obama


12 posted on 02/12/2014 7:12:54 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG ping


13 posted on 02/12/2014 7:17:12 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

This is Greek and how they spelt her.....


14 posted on 02/12/2014 7:18:16 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: bigheadfred

Like typing ll34 upside down in the calculator.


15 posted on 02/12/2014 7:19:04 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Ramius

Raking and pillaging


16 posted on 02/12/2014 7:19:31 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: LostInBayport

The Mayans weren’t diddly compared to that prognostication


17 posted on 02/12/2014 7:20:42 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.

Hello, I’m Dr. Jonas Nordby. I have a PhD in runes and I’d like to apply for a job.


18 posted on 02/12/2014 7:21:02 PM PST by Octar
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To: P.O.E.

if dan brown and tom hanks hear of this someone is gonna get famous


19 posted on 02/12/2014 7:21:35 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: School of Rational Thought

20 posted on 02/12/2014 7:22:20 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.

it says:

“a great running back is not enough to win”


21 posted on 02/12/2014 7:55:57 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: P.O.E.

“He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the Holy Grail in the Castle of aaarrrrggh”


22 posted on 02/12/2014 8:01:06 PM PST by freedomlover
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To: P.O.E.

Omaha! Omaha!


23 posted on 02/12/2014 8:01:33 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: School of Rational Thought

“Butt wiping stick”


24 posted on 02/12/2014 8:05:26 PM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: Ramius
I got your shopping list right here.

"Pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagels -- bring home for Emma."

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

25 posted on 02/12/2014 8:07:10 PM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: anyone
Lots of interesting articles at the link. . .

Common English Words of Old Norse Origin

BY THORNEWS on NOVEMBER 17, 2013

Did you know that “cake”, “egg”, “fellow”, “gun”, “happy”, “husband” and many other words used in the English vocabulary is of Old Norse origin? The reason is the Viking colonization of eastern and northern England between 900 and 1100 AD.

http://thornews.com/2013/11/17/common-english-words-of-old-norse-origin/

26 posted on 02/12/2014 8:18:30 PM PST by deks
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To: P.O.E.

Try 113409...

CA....


27 posted on 02/12/2014 8:42:22 PM PST by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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To: P.O.E.

“WHAT’S IN YOUR WALLET”


28 posted on 02/12/2014 9:37:34 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: MuttTheHoople

“More Cowbell”


29 posted on 02/12/2014 9:48:10 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: Chances Are; P.O.E.

55378008


30 posted on 02/12/2014 9:59:09 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: P.O.E.
What I know of the Vikings is mostly from reading "Hagar the Horrible."

I think they used code to keep their wives from finding out what the message said.

31 posted on 02/13/2014 11:31:03 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: P.O.E.
I'm a Runeologist, and the translations is: Crap, I forgot Valentines day, that's why she has the ax, HELP!

5.56mm

32 posted on 02/13/2014 11:34:58 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Perdogg; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks Perdogg.

33 posted on 02/13/2014 9:38:38 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: P.O.E.
Harrr....

34 posted on 02/13/2014 9:43:10 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: freedomlover

he must have died in the middle of writing that


35 posted on 02/14/2014 1:01:58 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Chances Are

Did you mean 1134509 ?


36 posted on 02/14/2014 3:23:45 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: deks
BY THORNEWS on NOVEMBER 17, 2013 Did you know that “cake”, “egg”, “fellow”, “gun”, “happy”, “husband” and many other words used in the English vocabulary is of Old Norse origin? The reason is the Viking colonization of eastern and northern England between 900 and 1100 AD.

I didn't know that the Vikings had guns between 900 and 1100 A.D.

37 posted on 02/14/2014 7:12:04 AM PST by curmudgeonII (Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.)
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To: SunkenCiv




Support Free Republic



38 posted on 02/14/2014 8:35:08 AM PST by Lady Jag (Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society. - Aristotle)
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To: P.O.E.

“A moose bit my sister”


39 posted on 02/14/2014 8:41:27 AM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: P.O.E.; SunkenCiv

The guy runed it.


40 posted on 02/14/2014 2:52:44 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: P.O.E.
It says: Carve 4-8-15-16-23-42 once every week into bark or giant volcano will blow.

-PJ

41 posted on 02/14/2014 2:59:54 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Ooops!

1134209!

God, these runes!!!

CA....


42 posted on 02/14/2014 5:38:26 PM PST by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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To: colorado tanker

;’)


43 posted on 02/14/2014 6:59:40 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Innovative

Whoops, and thanks Innovative!


44 posted on 02/14/2014 7:00:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: LonePalm

Liebowitz!


45 posted on 02/14/2014 7:18:53 PM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: Chances Are

Uff da!


46 posted on 02/15/2014 4:24:33 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: Mr. K

“he must have died in the middle of writing that”


Perhaps he was dictating.


47 posted on 02/15/2014 9:54:21 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: freedomlover

And after the spankings, the AURAL SECTS!


48 posted on 02/16/2014 10:54:34 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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Ancient Norse rune code cracked
http://cphpost.dk/news/ancient-norse-rune-code-cracked.8754.html


49 posted on 05/05/2014 2:07:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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