Dalecarlian Runes    Dalecarlian runes

Dalecarlian runes were a runic alphabet used in the Swedish province of Dalarna/Dalecarlia until the early 20th century, mainly to write the Elfdalian language. They developed from Younger Futhork during the 16th century and other time became increasingly mixed with letters from the Latin alphabet. This alphabet is also known as Elfdalian runes or dalrunes.

This alphabet was mainly inscribed into wood and stone on furniture, buildings, bowls, measuring sticks, etc. to write the names of the owners and/or makings. The earliest known inscription in Daelcarlian runes, for example, appears on a bowl from Åsen, a village in Älvdalen parish, and says "Anders has made (this) bowl anno 1596".

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: alphabet
  • Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
  • Used to write: mainly Elfdalian

Dalecarlian runes

Dalecarlian runes

Notes

  • The names of the letters come from Runakänslanäs läräspan (The first knowledge of runic learning) a copperplate engraving by Johannes Bureus dating from 1599.
  • The shapes of the letters changed over time, so most letters have several different shapes.

Information about the Elfdalian language

Links

Information about Dalecarlian Runes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalecarlian_runes
http://www.voluspa.org/swedenlaterdays.htm
http://www.khm.uio.no/forskning/publikasjoner/runenews/7th-symp/preprint/Gustavson.pdf

Runic and Rune-like scripts

Elder Futhark, Younger Futhork, Medieval (Latinised) Futhark, Dalecarlian Runes, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, Gothic Runes, Székely-Hungarian Rovás (Hungarian Runes), Turkic (Orkhon) Runes

Alphabets

Armenian, Avestan, Bassa (Vah), Beitha Kukju, Borama / Gadabuursi, Carian, Carpathian Basin Rovas, Chinuk pipa, Coorgi-Cox, Coptic, Cyrillic, Dalecarlian runes, Elbasan, Etruscan, Galik, Georgian (Asomtavruli), Georgian (Nuskhuri), Georgian (Mkhedruli), Glagolitic, Gothic, Greek, Irish (Uncial), Kaddare, Khazarian Rovas, Korean, Latin, Leptonic, Lycian, Lydian, Manchu, Meroïtic, Mongolian, N'Ko, Ogham, Old Church Slavonic, Oirat Clear Script, Old Italic, Old Permic, Orkhon, Phrygian, Pollard script, Runic, Santali, Székely-Hungarian Rovás (Hungarian Runes), Somali (Osmanya), Sutton SignWriting, Tai Lue, Thaana, Todhri, Uyghur