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American Association
for Runic Studies

What We Do

Since 2006, the American Association for Runic Studies has advanced the knowledge of runes by supporting lectures and sharing information and research with the public.  To learn more about AARS’s engagements, explore the icons below that refer to scholarly lectures, events, special projects, educational opportunities, and video presentations.

AARS Blogs & News

All things runic are explored in blogs written by a cadre of AARS members as well as invited guest bloggers.  News items are referenced worldwide that bring new information to runic studies.  Contributions in both areas will appear on a regular basis, so please make periodic visits to this page to read about the latest musings on research, critiques, news, or information on AARS activities.   (Read more).

National Danish-American Genealogy Society to Hear from AARS President in March 20 Webinar

WEBINAR: SATURDAY MARCH 20, 2021,1 p.m., CST.  What are runes? What does runic writing teach about Scandinavian ancestry? This presentation will provide an overview of the thousands of runestones existing today,...

New Yorker Names ‘Children of Ash & Elm’ a Top 20

The New Yorker Magazine has named Neil Price's history of the Vikings to its Top 20 book list for 2020. It saluted his recapturing of true Viking history and culture. Read more at:...

Uppsala University Creates Runes Database

Uppsala University's Department of Scandinavian Languages has launched a comprehensive, unique searchable database of runes. You can find it here: https://www.nordiska.uu.se/forskn/samnord.htm/?languageId=1  

Vikings Artifacts Tour to Visit Montana

Viking Artifacts from Uppsala University will be on tour at the Museum of the Rockies at Montana State, May 29--Sept. 19, 2021. Learn more at https://museumoftherockies.org/exhibit/the-vikings-begin  

A Runestone’s Fate and Adventures

Uppsala University Magazine reports on the irony of the Orby Rune. Dedicated to a ship's captain it continued to travel after his passing.  pp. 44-45. https://issuu.com/nyahorisonter/docs/uum2020-eng.web  

Religions Clash Over Serpent Mound

Deputies intervened when a Christian prayer group and Native Americans faced off at the Great Serpent Mound, the Native American national historic site in Ohio. Native Americans say it is a sacred site.  Protestors say...

Unique Lost Runestone Found

Archeologists recently discovered a rune lost in Sweden for more than 400 years.  Here is the story recently published by Ancient Pages:...

New Runestone in Sweden

Hej, Runatics, You may have already heard this fabulous news, but another, and heretofore unknown, runestone has been discovered in Sweden, and it has understandably made the Swedish news as the “find of the year!”...

Individuals Commemorated Selves in ‘Selfie’ Stones

... at sik sjalfa[n kvi]kvan ...  ... in memory of himself while alive ...  So reads part of the surviving inscription on the runestone U 962, which was discovered built into the wall of Vaksala church, not far from Uppsala. The stone dates to between 1100 and 1130,...

Congratulations to Uppsala University’s Leadership

By Loraine Jensen on behalf of the AARS Board of Directors.

Uppsala University and the AARS have had a long and happy partnership working together with the goal of expanding knowledge about runic script throughout Scandinavia and North America.

Verse on Runestones

Viking Age runestones most often contain a memorial formula for deceased relatives, but did you know that some are formulated as poetry? Probably the most famous runestone with a poetic inscription is the Karlevi runestone (Öl 1), on the Swedish island of Öland. The...

Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer

Near Ramsund in the area around Eskiltuna in Södermanland, one can find a rather famous Swedish runic carving. This is the site of the Ramsund carving (Sö 101), which also happens to be one of the largest runic monuments. The carving is not a free-standing...

Fulbright Sweden Interrupted by COVID-19

Of course, I was disappointed by the news, but in spite of this, I am truly encouraged that my activities as a Fulbright Specialist, both fulfilled and planned, will lead to informative and inspiring runic learning opportunities for both children and adults. During my...

Loraine Jensen Named Fulbright Specialist

AARS founder and president Loraine Jensen was named to a prestigious Fulbright Specialist appointment to pursue the study of runestones in Sweden during the spring of 2020.   Based at Uppsala University, Loraine will conduct field studies, engage in research,...

U-Haul and the Kensington Runestone

   Drive down just about any United States interstate highway and you are likely to see one of the 2,300 U-Haul 20-foot vans that have a Minnesota “SuperGraphic” highlighting a Viking ship. The display is to commemorate the Kensington Runestone (KRS) in...

Fulbright Sweden

  It’s Sunday, March 1 and I just arrived in Uppsala, Sweden, to begin my Fulbright Specialist assignment at Uppsala University.My project is titled: "Viking Age Runic Studies: Education and Outreach." The project will provide opportunities for me to research how...

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