Scandinavia and the World
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Keep your hands to yourself 21 12, 11:46pm

@crwydryny Yeah, I know about the Futhrak, but that's not what I meant when I said that they didn't know how to read and write was that they didn't know how to read and write in terms of manuscripts. I might have given the impression that I have a negative view on the Vikings as Barbarians, but I do not, but the negative view I do have is forced out when I hear a lot of patronising of the Vikings.

The Runic inscriptions are very brief and they don't tell us that much about Viking history except for a few pieces. They are very brief for the most part. Laws and treaties were not written on runes which is my point. The laws were memorised by people called lawspeakers. Manuscript SKB B74 is from after the Christianization of Scandinavia which is when laws were written on manuscripts but the Vikings didn't use manuscripts until they became Christian. I haven't read it, so if that's where we find this law then that satisfies my question, but I still wonder if you're able to trace this back to the 9th and 10th century.





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