Gothic runes  Gothic runes

Gothic runes were used to write Gothic an extinct eastern Germanic language. One theory of the origins of runes is that they were invented by the Goths, but this is impossible to prove as very few inscriptions of writing in Gothic runes survive. These runes were replaced with a new alphabet in the 4th century AD.

Gothic runic alphabet

Gothic runic alphabet (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Sample text in Gothic Runes

ᚨᛚᛚᚨᛁ ᛗᚨᚾᚾᚨ ᚠᚱᛖᛁᚺᚨᛚᛋ ᛃᚨᚺ ᛋᚨᛗᚨᛚᛖᛁᚲᛟ ᛁᚾ ᚹᚨᛁᚱᚦᛁᛞᚨᛁ ᛃᚨᚺ ᚱᚨᛁᚺᛏᛖᛁᛋ ᚹᚨᚢᚱᚦᚨᚾᛋ. ᚠᚱᚨᚦᛖᛁ ᛃᚨᚺ ᛗᛁᚦᚹᛁᛋᛋᛖᛁ ᚷᛁᛒᚾᚨᚾᛋ ᛃᚨᚺ ᛚᛁᛒᚨᚾᛞᚨᚢ ᛋᚹᛇ ᛒᚱᛟᚦᚱᛃᚢᛋ.


Allái manna freihals jah samaleikō in waírþidái jah raíhteis waúrþans. Fraþei jah miþwissei gibnans jah libandau swē broþrjus.

Gothic translation by Roel

Hear a recording of this text by Jabnaki


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)


Information about Gothic Runes


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