Vikings’ secret code cracked
What may look like mere scratches is much more.
A 900-year-old Viking code known as jötunvillur has been cracked. The code-cracker, runologist Jonas Nordby from the University of Oslo, deciphered the system after realising he needed to replace the original runic character with the last sound used to pronounce it.
For the jötunvillur code, one would replace the original runic character with the last sound of the rune name. For example, the rune for ‘f’, pronounced fe, would be turned into an ‘e’, while the rune for ‘k’, pronounced kaun, became ‘n’.
“It’s like solving a puzzle. Gradually I began to see a pattern in what was apparently meaningless combinations of runes.”Jonas Nordby, speaking to the Norwegian website forskning.no
However, those thinking that the coded runes will reveal deep secrets of the Norse will be disappointed.
The messages found so far seem to be either used in learning or have a playful tone. In one case the message was simply ‘Kiss me’.
Via Erik Kwakkel.