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Futhark Runes Font by Athey Futhark Runes Font by Athey
This is a font I created for the Futhark Rune alphabet. I tried to find one for the longest time and couldn't.

It's as close to accurate as I could get it. If you type R you're going to get the elder futhark character for R.

There are still a few things that couldn't be accomplished perfectly.

For example, if you want a th () you need to type v. There is a t and an h in Elder Futhark, but there is also a character for th (). There is not a character for v, so I figured it was a good compromise.

Also C, K, and Q all use the same character (which is for K). I considered making C the same as S, since a C can sound like an S or a K in english depending on how it's used (It is a rather redundant letter) but went with K for the safe side. In general, just know that you probably don't need to write out a C for any reason with this font. It's a redundant character.


For more details on Elder Futhark, go here: [link]


The numbers are the Pentadic Rune Numerals. It was the system used in Scandinavia, usually in conjunction to runes. I went with it over the Roman Numerals because it seemed to fit better with the theme.

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Edit - So a few people have pointed out a couple errors - which doesn't surprise me at all since I'm most definitely not an expert on runes, and was muddling my way through this with a few sites for references (a couple of which were slightly contradictory). I hope to go back and make a few changes at some point soon. I certainly never expected this to get near this much attention, so I didn't think it mattered too awful much if I made a mistake or two.

Anyway, thanks loads for the interest.
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AtsaL78 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for the wonderful Stock Hug . I used it here: atsal78.deviantart.com/art/Bea…
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xtcgm Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
SLIGHTLY contradictory!!
This is fun and yes, there are errors but who cares?
I have , in the past managed to get my keyboard to print runes but, sorry, I can't remember how it worked.
Keep looking and thanks for the fun. I love the bottom line. Is some of it Ogham? Sorry, I won't live long enough to read all the replies so, if I repeat things you have already addressed, I apologise.

Blessed be,
Allen
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Khudozhnik-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! I featured your font here > [link]
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AaronQuinn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Have not been studying Elder futhark long but I realised a few mistakes. In the word "Elder" you have spelt it Elmer. The D and M are very similar but the M has longer legs on either side. not sure but the S on is always sounds like a harsh S like in cousins so Algiz might have to be used. Also in Runes I don't think you need the E as it is silent.
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat :)
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Kaasimolaar Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it. Please, show me the way to download this font so I can use it for myself. Bitte schonn.
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Athey Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
To the upper-right side of the page is a Download link. It's just a ttf file- standard truetype font. Nothing special. Just install it the way you would any font. In win7, you can right-click and Install should be one of the options. In Mac you just double-click the file and then Install Font from the window that pops up.

For older versions of windows you have to drag the file into the fonts section of the control panel, or for really old versions of windows, you copy it into the windows/fonts directory.
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flyingdoombunny Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SWEET!!! i found this while playing a little game, and have used it ever since!!! and now its on the pc!!! thank you!!! (we replace the word f*** with futhark)
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MarinusLamia Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have 12 different variations of the runic alphabet in my folder right now o.o The saddest part? I just realized I've never seen the Scandinavian one you're talking about. Must. Go. Do. More. Research.
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LunaDarasu Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can write in that...I have conversations with my friends in school during class with it.
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PedTuron Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Same here ;) that's cool.
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LunaDarasu Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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MarinusLamia Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to too! We'd write our notes in several different alphabets, like "celestial", theban and two different runic alphabets. Talk about throwing the teachers for a loop. On actually called us a satan worshiper and told us we were writing in the devil's language and THEN told the principle she "feared for her life" because we were "threatening to murder her for a satanic ritual" in the note. Unfortunately, the vice principle was her husband and he took it seriously and, without them even bothering to look at the alphabet pages we printed off for him AND the translations we provided, we got suspended because of it -rolls her eyes-
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LunaDarasu Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really fun to do huh :] But I had close to the same problem where people would thing weirdly of the writing and call us freaks. I didn't have problems with the principal though. That sounds like it was pretty irritating...
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MarinusLamia Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
BEYOND irritating. They finally decided to end our suspension when our parents threatened to take them to court because 1. The alphabets were part of our religion and 2. The notes has absolutely 0 defamation and no threatening and didn't even say anything about the teacher other than discussing the assignment.
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LunaDarasu Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's pretty crazy...Schools can just be over protective of everyone sometimes. And usually it's for no reason
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MarinusLamia Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it doesn't help I live in the bible belt lol. And it also didn't help that while the principle runs the school, the vice principal runs the disciplinary stuff. It also didn't help that the teacher is a huge bible thumper (who also hated me and my friends and constantly harassed us because we're pagan). And it DEF didn't help that her husband was the vice principle lol. so yeah, it was one giant fuck-fest of everyone's against you.
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LunaDarasu Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang, I'm sorry to hear you had to go through that...at least you got through it all though, right? I would have been a wreck xD
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MarinusLamia Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah lol. We got through it. I was more angry than anything.
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MrSchinken Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Another brillaint font for my collection. Thanks and props to you^^
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Waspdrake Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
what soes it sais?
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Athey Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is an Elder Futhark Font
Write in Runes

It's worth mentioning that in actual runic writing, there is no punctuation (no , . ! etc) and you don't put spaces between the words.
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Waspdrake Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
well,what does it sais
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:iconathey:
Athey Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is an Elder Futhark Font Write in Runes

It is, however, worth mentioning that in actual runic languages, there was no punctuation (no , . # !) and you don't put spaces between the characters.
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Waspdrake Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
it was probably verry intuitive process to read them then
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Spellsword95 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That awesome moment when you realize you can actually read futhark without problems :D
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The-Expressionist79 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
This is awesome! I've been writing like this for AGES
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Ibleda Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
... what?

But anyways, that looks absolutely awesome, whatever it is lol.
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Athey Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol - It's the ancient runes alphabet.

Used for proto-norse, old-norse, proto-germanic, Gothic, Alamannic, and sometimes even Latin. Very old writing system. Vikings used it.
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KnockMeOut Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fantastic, thank you very much!
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dragon85492 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012   Artist
cool
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fantasmorte Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
It might be worthwhile to mention to anyone who wants to use these runes "properly", that Furthark does NOT use puncuation, and there are no spaces between words. There are also no such thing as double-letters or silent letters, therefor "book" should be "bok", etc. Itwillruninaconinuousstreamlikethis. Thanks for making this! (:
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Lonemtnwolf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very very cool :D
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ParadoxGod Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
any information you need about runes can be gleaned form teh works of Eldred Thorrsson there are other authors out there but imho he is the best
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TheEpicBadger Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
lol i could read that yay for knowing runic alphabet XP
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Nemo1199 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
HEY. That's a swear.
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iCheddar Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god, i can actually read this, i had a book on runes and i used to write in it all the time and can still recognize it! *o*
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Galato901 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
ahhh a forgotten language from another time....
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Cait-Cait93 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Obviously it's not forgotten, if you see how many people have been able to read this.
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Galato901 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
well I know I certainly couldn't...

I thought it might have been that language in commander keen where the aliens write stuff and some people in real life can actually read it
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richpuma Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
wow

the anguaje is really look like the halo of sun in silent hill 3 for save the game.

i wanna learn this languaje, cool
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Psychodragoncat Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"This is an Elder Futhark Font. Write in Runes"

I haven't read that since I was a Freshman in high school @__@
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ladyChanta Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
and on a separate note I just read a good chunk of the comments and I want to stab almost every single one of the posters. Stupidity on that level should be punishable by education.
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Athey Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I occurred to me that maybe I should explain that the Prose Edda is "a collection of four sections interspersed with excerpts from earlier skaldic and Eddic poetry containing tales from Nordic mythology" - and was originally written in runes. Basically, the story of Odin, Thor, Frigga, Baldr, Loki, etc. I've got a copy of the whole thing in two forms - one version is translated into english but the other is the original language, but written with roman characters for readability. I just wanted a quicker way to put bits of it back into runes than doing it manually in photoshop using images of runes (which is actually how I did it for a while until I got too frustrated with the tedium and made myself a font)
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ladyChanta Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The thing is that this alphabet was not made with english in mind. So the rules of english do not apply to these runes. And to be completely frank that really bothers me that you/ people are trying to force the two to be compatible. I will agree that being able to write with runes while using english is "cool" but in a way disrespectful to the creators of the runes. As a pagan (and not a very good one at that) I only use runes for their individual meanings. I don't try to write messages with them. I'm not telling you that you shouldn't and I'm not trying to tell you what to do. But maybe for a minute stop thinking like an english speaker and remember that to some this is insulting.

I'm sorry this bothers me because I have seen my own native language be butchered by english. Lakota is not a written language but people couldn't leave well enough alone and they tried to turn it in to something it never was and shouldn't be. I'll stop now, but I had to get that out. Lovely job though and good job for making it.
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jimtheviking Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
The runes were used as a written language; there are runic inscriptions in Old West Norse, Old East Norse, Old Icelandic, Old Swedish, Old Danish, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old English, and even in Latin. I see no reason to adapt them to write in English. The 'rules of English,' as you put them, certainly would apply, to an extent, to runic inscription; the English language, by virtue of influence from Anglo-Saxon, Danish, and Norwegian, has all the phonemes represented by the Elder Futhark (and the Younger Futhark, but that's not at issue here.)

If I can get pedantic (moreso than I have been already, I'm sure), the Wiki article points out the phonetic approximation of each rune and the English equivalent. This correlation alone shows that it is capable of being used as a writing system to convey meanings in Modern English, just as Japanese (for example) can be used to convey non-Japanese words when they are needed.
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Athey Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The reason that I initially wanted a font for it was because I was creating an image where I wanted to have a passage from the Prose Edda written in runes, and the passage I had was transcribed into roman-characters, for readability and postability on the nets.

I hardly see that as disrespectful - I'm sure there are a bunch different uses a person could put a rune font to use - and I'm also sure that there are loads of 'incorrect' ways that it could get used too. It's like those Kanji fonts where the characters have noting to do at all with whatever letter they're assigned to - it's basically a wingdings font, but still people will type things out using the font and think that they've written their name in chinese, when, obviously, they haven't.


Additionally, there were multiple languages that used runes as their writing system. Proto-Germanic, Proto-Norse, Gothic, and Alamannic were all written with the Elder Furthark alphabet. Old English and Old Frisian were even written in Anglo-Saxon runes, which were a later writing system that evolved form Futhark and has a lot of characters in common.
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Thorskegga Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Disrespectful? Hardly - runes were the original alphabet of the English language. You will get a better match for the modern alphabet with the Anglo-Saxon futhorc which has more characters.
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AllytotheQuaking Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012   Writer
On principle, I agree with you. However, I value this as a way to incorporate these runes in graphics, etc. without relying on my own art skills (which, to be quite frank, suck). I can barely draw a straight line, and this kind of thing helps me greatly as a reference to draw bind-runes.
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ladyChanta Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And for that I applaud you. I think I might down load this simply for my book of shadows. I can't draw so well either, and when I do try no one likes it (which is cool my talents lay else where). I didn't mean to blow up it's just something that bothers me, forcing one language in to another.
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