Swedish Runic Corpus On-line

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Here’s an extremely useful resource. The Swedish National Heritage Board has scanned the great multivolume corpus publication of Swedish runic inscriptions, Sveriges runinskrifter, and put it on-line for free. Currently as PDF files, but in the future there will also be a structured database. Though the PDF:s have been run through optical character recognition, they don’t seem to have been indexed on Google (yet?).

For an example, read about (p. 547 ff) Kalv’s runestone U 875 at Focksta in Hagby, Uppland, shown above.

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4 thoughts on “Swedish Runic Corpus On-line

  1. I wonder how well the OCR will work on the inscriptions- or are they completely transliterated into the Swedish alphabet? OCR and auto-correct can be amusing when a file contains several languages.

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  2. Transliterated and interpreted into runic Swedish. The 16 runes of the Viking Period were poorly suited to writing unambiguously.

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  3. Could you say something about Dalecarlian runes? Supposedly runes were used until the early 20th century in Dalecarlia. Were they in continuous use since mediaeval times, or was it a type of creative anachronism? Were they used only sparingly for deliberately “retro” purposes or did people actually use them in day-to-day life?

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  4. The Dalecarlia runes were in fact the end of a continuous tradition. They belonged to rural life. The same area had some of the most ancient dialectal traits and land holding patterns in Sweden.

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