Welcome to the
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).

Listen to Professor Williams Podcast

Listen to the recent Grimfrost podcast with Professor of Runology at Uppsala and Fulbright alumnus Henrik Williams to brush up on your knowledge of runes and runestones, including those in the US!

Runes 101: Alphabet of the Vikings

Professor Williams leads a webinar conversation about runes hosted by the Icelandic National League of the United States.

Runes 101 with Professor Henrik Williams.

Professor Williams will provide a primer on the runic alphabet, where it came from, how long it was used, and runic artifacts that have been found. Presented by the Icelandic National League of the United States

Nordic Spirit Symposium

Vikings: New Technology – New Discoveries  A program for the public Viking researchers from the Nordic will give presentations on the most recent discoveries about the Viking Age in Scandinavia.  As a bonus, a...

Name found on Viking runestones reveals queen who shaped a nation

Two groups of runestones mention a woman named Thyra … a Viking queen of considerable power.

Loraine Jensen to Present at Bemidji Sons of Norway

Loraine Jensen will present at the April 30  Bemidgi Sons of Norway meeting, co-hosted with the Bemidji Affiliate of the American Swedish Institute.  This presentation will provide an overview of the thousands of...

Viking Herald Features Articles about Runes and Viking Attractions in Sweden

In two articles, The Viking Herald has picked out some of the best Viking attractions that any visitor to Sweden should see.  Runeriket, "The Rune Kingdom" is a special attraction for persons interested in runes.Here...

Loraine Jensen featured on American Swedish Institute Blog Post

The American Swedish Institute has posted a story to its blog about Loraine Jensen's Pedagogical Prize from the Royal Gustav Adolfs Academy for Swedish Folk Culture. Read the story here.

Found the world’s oldest rune stone

An ancient Norwegian rune stone is attracting international attention among runic scholars and archaeologists.

Archaeologists Discover—and Start to Decode—Rare Medieval Runes

Read this article from the Smitshonian Magazine describing how one of recently unearthed objects is the first of its kind found in Oslo in decades.  

Runes 101: An Introduction To Runology And The Interpretation Of Runic Inscriptions

To commemorate its 10th anniversary Grimfrost, a Swedish company offering Swedish heritage products, is presenting a series of 12 monthly blog posts featuring academics acknowledged for their expertise in Viking Age subjects. In the fourth post in this series,...

The 5th Rune Round was held in Denmark during the last week of August, 2023

Rune Rounder Dianne O’Konski wrote an article about the Rune Round in Denmark that was published in the Logberg-Heimskringla newspaper on Oct. 15th.  This is an Icelandic cultural newspaper published in Winnipeg.  Read the article here

4th Minnesota Rune Round 2022 Was a Success

24 “runatics” had the opportunity to explore all things Kensington Rune Stone in Alexandria, Minnesota, September 25-27, 2022. The in-depth exploration of the KRS, the most famous of more than 6,000 runestones, and other North American ruins was initiated by AARS...

Professor Henrik Williams presents his new interpretation of the Rök runestone

At the January 2020 Rune Rede 110, Professor Henrik Williams presented “Rökstenen och Världens Undergång”, his new book interpreting the Rök runestone.

Swedish National Heritage Board publishes new runic research tool

Runor is the fantastic new online runic research tool published by the Swedish National Heritage Board and deserves a little walkthrough. Visit here: https://app.raa.se/open/runor/ One of the biggest advantages of this website is that the main feature is a map where...

Jelling and the Danish Runestones

About 260 Danish runestones from the Viking Age are known, which were raised from about 800–900, until around 1025. It is thought that the tradition of raising runestones for deceased relatives possibly originated in Blekinge (which was a Danish territory at the time), where at least 4 runestones were raised by a local warrior clan during the 6th and 7th centuries.

Customized Runic Jewelry
Links AARS and Lakselaget

AARS enjoys the opportunity to reach out to cultural organizations with what may be new insight into their Scandinavian heritage. Presentations on the subject of runes led to a true linking of old and new for an enthusiastic women’s organization, Lakselaget. Founded...

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...