Quiz about Viking Runes
Quiz about Viking Runes

Viking Runes Trivia Quiz


This quiz is about the older 'futhark', so named afterthe first six letters in the oldest surviving runic alphabet.

A multiple-choice quiz by harald. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
harald
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
102,291
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
5
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
3 / 5
Plays
416
This quiz has 2 formats: you can play it as a or as shown below.
Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. How many letters are there in the older futhark? Hint

20
24
16
12

2. The first rune is "Fe". What does it mean? Hint

ox
god
rock, stone, earth
cattle, property

3. The runes are divided into three families. What are they? Hint

Lerad, Lin and Erna's
Odin, Mime and Tre's
Fry, Hagl and Ty's
Hinn, Nethsti and Hlutr's

4. For which occasions were runes first used? Hint

In trading
In ceremonies
In war/peace agreements
In children's stories

5. The oldest rune inscriptions of this kind are found in Eastern Europe from year 100 - 200 B.C.

True
False


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. How many letters are there in the older futhark?

Answer: 24

Later, some letters merged into one, and some disappeared, and the runic alphabets in the Dark Ages are smaller.
2. The first rune is "Fe". What does it mean?

Answer: cattle, property

In Norwegian, "Fe" means cattle. (Cf. German - das Vieh).
3. The runes are divided into three families. What are they?

Answer: Fry, Hagl and Ty's

Fry is F u th a r k g w
Hagl is H n i j p r s
Ty is T b e m l ng o d
4. For which occasions were runes first used?

Answer: In ceremonies

They are mainly found engraved on stones. Later inscriptions are clearly written by common people for less ceremonial purposes. For example; "Inkibjork unni mr er ek Stavangri" (Ingebjrg loved me when I was in Stavanger), which was written on a toilet wall in about 1300 A.D.
5. The oldest rune inscriptions of this kind are found in Eastern Europe from year 100 - 200 B.C.

Answer: False

The oldest runic inscriptions of this kind are found in Germany, Russia and Romania and date from 100-200 A.D.
Source: Author harald

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