Cracking the Runic Code

Runes offer fascinating and surprising insights into an exciting past. Runic inscriptions are the only original sources for a thousand years, yet they are mostly overlooked in historical research. Front-line runology is carried out today at Uppsala University, where it has a 400-year past, but runic discovery is now entering a critical phase. New runic finds await interpretation and disinformation about runes, not least in the United States, needs exposing. More resources are needed. Are you ready to get involved?

By supporting our vital runic research at Uppsala University you will be helping to bring about fundamental understanding of our shared history. A major donation leading to the establishment of an endowed chair could be named after one of our donors.

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We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to research on runes at Uppsala University. Many friends in the US have shown generosity towards runic studies at Uppsala, and we are truly grateful for all their support. We owe very special thanks to the board members of the American Association for Runic Studies. We would like in particular to express our profound gratitude to Myrna G. Smith, member of the board of the American Association for Runic Studies, who has generously donated and bequeathed more than USD 1 million in support of the rune chair at Uppsala University.

Thanks to the long-standing and unfailing commitment of the American Association for Runic Studies to promoting research on runes in Europe and North America, we are now set to aim for another MUSD to help secure a rune chair at Uppsala University. Would you also like to join in and help crack the runic code?

The Runic Tour

In 2010, 2015 and 2016, Henrik Williams made month-long lecture and fundraising tours in the United States, from Maine in the north-east to Los Angeles in the south-west. Altogether, he has visited 16 states and Washington DC, given more than 50 lectures and taken part in around 90 other events. He also made shorter visits in 2013, 2014 and 2017, for lectures and other events.

In the fall of 2017, a dozen Americans with an interest in runes visited Uppsala University where they were treated to a three-day program, including a full-day excursion.

In 2018 and 2019, Williams made new visits to the US to lecture and meet active and potential donors.

Read more: American Association for Runic Studies