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A New Runic Character on the Sedgeford Runic Handle/Ladle: Sound-Value Wanted

Gaby Waxenberger
From the journal Anglia


A new runic inscription was found in 2017. The object could be a handle of a ladle or spoon from Sedgeford, Norfolk. The tentative date of the object ranges from the 8th to the 10th century. The inscription consists of a cross and eight characters, seven of which are clearly runes, but the second character of the sequence is problematic. Although the inscription has no diagnostic rune identifying it as being written in the Old English fuþorc, there is no doubt that the language of the text is Old English. The inscription represents the Old English male personal name B[.]rnferþ. After an overview of the inscription and the runes, and a graph-typological description of character 2, I have attempted to analyze possible phoneme-grapheme relations of Graph 2, assigning the possible readings to certain dialect areas.

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Published Online: 2017-11-15
Published in Print: 2017-11-10

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