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).

BBC Features New Exhibit in Denmark

A chance discovery is shedding new light on early Norse history, after two old school-friends, armed only with a metal detector stumbled across a gold treasure trove. More than 20 gold artefacts, weighing almost a...

AARS President, Loraine Jensen to attend and present at International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions

AARS President, Loraine Jensen will attend and present at the Ninth International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions. View the symposium website here

Unique rune finds in the Medieval Park

In one week, archaeologists found two objects with runes in the Medieval Park in Oslo.

Tristan Mueller-Vollmer Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to AARS Blog author, Tristan Mueller-Vollmer http://runicstudies.org/tristan-mueller-vollmer/ Tristan successfully defended his important and interesting dissertation, Personal Names on Swedish Viking...

Vineland map is a forgery along the lines of the Kensington Runestone

This story is from StarTribune.com.The full story, with any associated images and links can be viewed here. By Alan Yuhas New York Times September 30, 2021 — 6:38pm Doubts crept in around Greenland, which looked so...

News from National History Museum of Stockholm and from Nature magazine.

The National History Museum of Stockholm reopens its Vikings exhibit and Nature publishes an article about Viking heredity

Why do Hate Groups Seize Runic Symbols?

In a free webinar on March 21, a panel of academics will discuss why hate groups co-opt ancient runic symbols. You can register here: https://www.nordicmuseum.org/product/5694    

Six Letters That Could Re-write Slavic History

The stunning discovery of a runic carving found on a bone may change the history of Slavic writing by centuries. ...

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

Registration is required. Event is free. See post for details.

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...

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,...