Rune quiz - part two
You should complete the
first quiz before trying this one.
Here we have my rendering of the rest
of the runic inscription from quiz 1.
It is carved on both sides of an amulette
about 5cm x 5cm in size.
This is a more open ended assignment.
We have already translated the last sentence
but now the question is: can we understand any more?
- What's up with the first runes of the
inscription? Are those bind-runes? If so what
letters do they conceal? Are they, perhaps,
normal runes with ornamental additions? Perhaps
linguistically meaningless and purely ornamental or magical?
- Setting the first runes aside can you
transliterate the inscription?
- Can you make out any words you know?
Names? Maybe some sentence fragments?
- Who is the 'him' in "Gods are under him
and over him"? Is 'he' named in the inscription?
Is it the wearer of the amulette? Its carver?
- Is the amulette magical or religious?
Was it worn by a heathen or a christian?
Can you guess when it was made?
- What's with the fish? Is it a hint to
the contents of the inscription?
Be aware that this is a difficult inscription
that has caused the experts much trouble. There will
probably never be a consensus on its meaning.
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