A rhyming text cut into the stone Bridekirk baptismal font, in runic letters
and probably twelfth century, as transliterated in Page and Barnes, reads: "Rikarja he me iwrocte / to pis mero 3er ...
So, appropriately, in their discussion of runes, the editors anticipate this continued fascination with runes and provide a table that lists, names, and defines the twenty-four runic letters
, which "are accompanied in parenthesis by letters representing equivalent Modern English sounds" (32).
It comes from the order of the first six runic letters
: f, u, th, a, r and k.
(21) It does not differ much from that used in Present-day English, apart from the two runic letters
3 and p, inherited from Old and Middle English.
Even Bluetooth's trademarked logo comes from the Norse runic letters
for H and B.
Icelanders may be the only technological society on earth whose people could speak fluently with their ancestors from a thousand years ago: Icelandic has remained the same since it split from Old Norse, and its alphabet retains two runic letters
that no other language uses.
The speaker is a wooden staff on which a message from an exiled husband to his wife has been carved in runic letters
. The staff tells how it grew as a sapling beside the sea, never dreaming that it would have the power of speech, until a man carved a secret message on it.