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The Fuþark—A Germanic Alphabet

Lecture no. 4 from the course: Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity

The Fuþark—A Germanic Alphabet

Taught by Professor Marc Zender | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Runes are often mistakenly thought to be a semimagical system of signs used for divination and ritual, but nothing could be further from the truth. Look at the real history of the Runic alphabet—also known as the Fuþark —as a case study for why writing systems rise and fall.

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