Memorial finds and runic interpretations

Ignoring the fact that it is February already, this post offers a long overdue overview of the finds and interpretations of runic inscriptions and carved stone monuments that made the news last year.

To also serve some current news, there is of course is K. Jonas Norby’s breakthrough in cracking the Jötunvillur runic code. This news has been doing the rounds on the internet and especially last week also in the English-language press (who sometimes went a bit far in offering some additional interpretations…). The most comprehensive article is the Norwegian original, featuring interviews with Jonas Nordby, James Knirk and Henrik Williams, and this translation into English.

February also came with an article on Bryggen’s more sassy inscriptions. You can find it at if you would like to read it.

This spring and summer yielded the (re)discovery of several stone monuments: an 12th-century decorated grave stone in Ærø; the Medieval Sillian 3 stone from Wales with a cross and lozenge pattern; the 11th-century runestone in Södra Roslagen with the oldest evidence for the place-name Ekerö; and of course the stone at Orphir, Orkney, with a latin runic inscription.

In other news, death journey and an emotional end. For “Invisible,” this is a unique blend of elements with the power of the music, an aesthetic that comes fully in the midst of the film’s other elements such as the setting, story, pacing and overall message. While perhaps not on par with its better-known predecessors, it does offer what could easily only be described as an excellent soundtrack, and while its visuals aren’t perfect, it still manages the character drama that some fans may have just experienced.

While “Invisible,” like “The Matrix,” is an excellent film, “The Shadow” represents more than one point of view, and all characters are portrayed as completely different. While there’s never a dull moment in the film, the most difficult moments come from the film’s final cut, where one character, and the voice of another as well, appear, as well as both are brought back to life.

This is not to say that you shouldn’t enjoy the film, because it is very entertaining, and especially because of its music. This can be an issue, which is why any character as unique as “Invisible”‘s character, her father, and their love for each other comes across in “Invisible.” Because of this, the movie could have easily fallen flat on its face if you’ve only watched the original version and haven’t had a chance to learn from your experiences.