runic letter


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Noun1.runic letter - any character from an ancient Germanic alphabet used in Scandinavia from the 3rd century to the Middle Agesrunic letter - any character from an ancient Germanic alphabet used in Scandinavia from the 3rd century to the Middle Ages; "each rune had its own magical significance"
grapheme, graphic symbol, character - a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
thorn - a Germanic character of runic origin
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In all the quotations from Middle English in this note, the letter w represents the runic letter wynn.
In line 1059 there is another instance of we spelt with the runic letter instead of the continental one.
If the first letter was intended as a wynn, its tentative quality could reflect a certain unfamiliarity with the runic letter by a relatively late scribe; and in the context of a Latin inscriptioa, it makes a good example of a lectio difficilior which could cause problems for later readers.
The author examines the myth of the Kensington Rune Stone, a stone tablet with runic letters and the date 1362 that was discovered in 1898 by a Swedish immigrant in Alexandria, Minnesota, which told the story of Swedes and Norwegians who visited the region in the fourteenth century.