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ancient characters used in Teutonic, Anglo-Saxon, and Scandinavian inscriptionsinscription,
writing on durable material. The art is called epigraphy. Modern inscriptions are made for permanent, monumental record, as on gravestones, cornerstones, and building fronts; they are often decorative and imitative of ancient (usually Roman) methods.
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. They were probably first used by the East Goths (c.300), who are thought to have derived them from Helleno-Italic writing. The runes were adapted to carving on wood and stone; they consisted of perpendicular, oblique, and a few curved lines. The first six runic signs were for f, u, th, o (a), r, c (k), hence the name Futhorc for the runic alphabets. There were two alphabets, one of 16 signs and the other of 24 (the same 16 with 8 additional signs). They were used extensively throughout N Europe, Iceland, England, Ireland, and Scotland until the establishment of Christianity. From then on the use of runes was reviled as a pagan practice. In Scandinavia their use persisted even after the Middle Ages; there they were used for manuscripts as well as inscriptions. The word rune is derived from an early Anglo-Saxon word meaning secret or mystery.


See A. F. Brodeur, The Riddle of the Runes (1932, repr. 1973); R. I. Page, An Introduction to English Runes (1973).


Anything that requires heavy wizardry or black art to parse: core dumps, JCL commands, APL or code in a language you haven't a clue how to read. Not quite as bad as line noise, but close.

Compare casting the runes, Great Runes.


Special display characters (for example, the high-half graphics on an IBM PC).
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Because the number of runic finds is increasing all the time, any individual theory (and on the evidence of Page's piece, and others here, scholarly consensus is notably rare in the field) about the interpretation and distribution of runic inscriptions may suddenly be overtaken by contrary evidence (this is especially likely given that, as Derolez has pointed out, extant Anglo-Saxon runes may represent no more than 1 per cent of the inscriptions actually carved).
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