NFI4123 – Runology – Runic Inscriptions from the Migration Period to the Viking Age

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Course content

Runology is concerned with some 1300 years of the history of writing. Runes constituted the script used by many Germanic peoples from the second century A.D. Their use died out in Norway around 1400. This advanced course covers the runic inscriptions from the Migration Period and the Viking Age. In addition to close study of runic writing, there is also focus on particular issues of the period.

Learning outcome

The students will gain special knowledge of the eldest runes and runic inscriptions.

The course will also provide insight into the ancient language history and cultural history in the light of runic writing.


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Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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28 hours of seminars and lectures throughout the semester. In order to qualify for the exam, the student must hand in one qualifying assignment and an optional reading list within a given deadline.

An approved assignment and the reading list is valid for the present and two following semesters the course is given.


The final assessment is based on a trial lecture.


Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The trial lecture must be held in English

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course






Every other spring starting 2012


Every other spring starting 2012

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