Runes are old Germanic characters, which were once carved into bones or wood. Years later, they were made also out of ivory and stone. Runes weren't just simple letters for our ancestors. Runes first appeared among German tribes in central and Eastern Europe and by 400 AD a common set of 24 runes had spread across Northern Europe. The Vikings were soon adopted the Germanic symbols for their own use. When travelling the seas and ...more
... faraway islands, the Vikings would take their runes with them and leave inscriptions in the countries they visited. Runes consisted of straight lines, which made them easier to carve into stone or wood.
Runes were ways of communicating but never the basis of a written language. They were however honoured as they were believed to be sacred and powerful magic symbols and therefore used as a means of divination and were used to tell the future and people's fortunes.