Runes

Runes

 

RunesElder (Germanic/Viking) Futhark

The Runes are an alphabet originating in Scandinavia. Their distinctive sharp lines are because the symbols were originally carved into objects rather than painted. Over the course of time the alphabet has evolved, so that nowadays there are distinct versions of it. This is the Elder Futhark, the oldest version known, which consists of 24 runes.