But now K. Jonas Nordby, a graduate student identified by medievalists.net as a "runologist," has cracked the code.
He found that on a stick from the 13th century two men, Sigurd and Lavrans, carved their names both in code and in standard runes. For the jötunvillur code, one would replace the original runic character with the last sound of the rune name. For example, the rune for ‘f’, pronounced fe, would be turned into an ‘e’, while the rune for ‘k’, pronounced kaun, became ‘n’.And what did the first deciphered message say?
“It’s like solving a puzzle,” said Nordby to the Norwegian website forskning.no. “Gradually I began to see a pattern in what was apparently meaningless combinations of runes.”
Kiss me.Sigh. Sometimes the world should be a little more like a Dan Brown novel.