Researcher Concludes That a Majority of Swedish Runic Inscriptions are Gibberish

Marco Bianchi, an expert in Nordic languages at Sweden’s Uppsala University, has recently studied 1,000 ancient runic inscriptions from northern Sweden and has concluded that most are meaningless.
The majority of contemporary Vikings were illiterate, Bianchi says, and the inscribed runestones seem to him to be a bold attempt to prove otherwise.
“What was important was showing that you could write,” he said. “What you wrote wasn’t so important since no one could read it anyway.”
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