Monday, January 9, 2012

Runes 101 - Runes in History 4

During the Viking Age, the Norse expanded the known world westward, first with the settlement of Iceland, then Greenland and even to the east coast of North America.  Although no legitimate Runestones or runic inscriptions have been found in North America, Greenland hosts more than 100 runic inscriptions, including a single Runestone.  The Runestone was discovered in 1824 on the tiny island of Kingittorsuaq, which is roughly 500 kilometers north of where the Norse western settlement had been.