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Nordic Rune Letter Jewelry Exhibited at National Museum

A new exhibition entitled “Alrún” opened recently at the National Museum of Iceland, displaying jewelry decorated with runes by jewelry designer Jón Bjarni Baldursson. His designs are based on jewelry work by Vikings, inscribed with runic letters.

The National Museum of Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Runes were probably used in Iceland from the Settlement in 874 AD and up until the 19th century, according to a press release from the museum.

The type of runes which Baldursson uses for his design are known as bandrúnir and are made by combining two or more runes into one symbol.

Bandrúnir were used to shorten text and can for example be seen in a headstone from the 17th century and a signet ring from the same period.

Runes were believed to have magical powers and people used them for protection. The exhibition includes jewelry where words laden with meaning are drawn together in one bandrún to combine the power of runes and words.

The exhibition runs through August 9.

Click here for further information about the Alrún jewelry.

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