Word Archaeology: futhark

This word refers to an alphabet that started with 24 angular characters, derived from both Latin and Greek. Scandinavians and Anglo-Saxons used futhark runes for inscriptions and magic signs between the 3rd and 13th centuries. Such inscriptions can be found on jewelry, amulets, weapons, and runestones. “Futhark” comes from the first six symbols of the runic alphabet: f, u, th, a r, k. The runes can be found in Unicode within the unified Runic range, 16A0-16FF. TrueType fonts in this range include Junicode and FreeMono.

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