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Runic Alphabet

Runic Alphabet
 
Runic alphabet : [2000-600 bc] Runic alphabet, purportedly devised by Odin.  Runes are traditionally formed with ash twigs, because ash is a strong and overpowering tree, the roots of which strangle the roots of neighboring trees.[1]  Prior to the runes, there were forerunner alphabets called Urrunen.  The oldest surviving Runic inscriptions date from ad 500-800.  Most of the extant inscriptions were written ad 1100-1200.  We have some 2,500 Swedish inscriptions, some 60 Norwegian inscriptions, and about 50 Anglo-Saxon inscriptions.
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