Runic picker notes/help

Updated 25-Feb-2018 • tags apps, pickers, runic

This Unicode character picker allows you to produce or analyse runs of Runic text. Character pickers are especially useful for people who don't know a script well, as characters are displayed in ways that aid identification.

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About the chart

Includes characters in the Unicode Runic block.

Note that the Latin characters provided in this picker are for standard transliterations of runes, and you may need different characters to represent transcriptions into actual Old Norse or Anglo-Saxon, etc, text. (For that, see the Old Norse and Old English pickers.)

Writing in runes is not an exact science. Actual runic text is subject to many variations dependent on chronology, location and the author's idiosyncracies. It should be particularly noted that the automated transcription tools provided with this picker are intended as aids to speed up transcription, rather than to produce accurate renderings of specific texts. The output may need to be tweaked to produce the desired results. It should also be noted that the transcription tools do not produce bind-runes (ie. ligated forms), since there is no way that I'm aware of to produce such in Unicode.

Various keyboard arrangements are available, providing access to runes used for the Elder Fuþark, Younger Fuþark (Long Branch and Short Twig variants), Medieval Fuþark, and Anglo-Saxon Fuþork. There is also a layout that includes the Latin characters used for transliterations of the runic text. Use the buttons below the keyboard to switch between these alternatives.

You can use the ⇐︎ • ⭅︎ below the text area to make the runic text run right-to-left, eg. ‮ᚹᚪᚱᚦᚷᚪ‬ (and if you have the right font, such as Junicode or a Babelstone font, make the glyphs face to the left also), or force the glyphs to be mirrored. The Bablestone fonts also implement a number of bind-runes for Anglo-Saxon (but are missing some for Old Norse, it seems) if you put a ZWJ character between the characters you want to ligate. For example: ᚻ‍ᛖ‍ᛚ. You can also produce two glyphs mirrored around the central stave by putting ZWJ between two identical characters, eg. ᚢ‍ᚢ

Controls above the text area

LB/ST to Latin. Converts runic text written in the Younger Fuþark (either Long Branch or Short Twig versions) to a Latin transliteration.

Medieval to Latin. Converts Medieval Fuþark text to a Latin transliteration.

AS/F to Latin. Converts Anglo-Saxon/Frisian Fuþorc text to a Latin transliteration.

Latin to LB. Converts a latin transliteration into runic text, using the Long Branch variants of the Younger Fuþark.

Latin to ST. Converts a latin transliteration into runic text, using the Short Twig variants of the Younger Fuþark.

Latin to Medieval. Converts a latin transliteration into runic text, using the Medieval Fuþark.

Latin to AS/F. Converts a latin transliteration into runic text, using the Anglo-Saxon/Frisian Fuþorc.

Transcribe from NION. The online PDF version of A New Introduction to Old Norse (such as the reader) has strange encoding quirks, for example representing ð as › and þ as fl. If you copy paste text from the PDF into the output box, you can use this feature to convert the text into Unicode. One warning: fi is converted to Þ, but occasionally it is meant to represent fi.

Input aids

Transliteration characters. Displays a panel of characters you may need while typing in a transliteration of runic text from the keyboard. The Latin keyboard also provides all of these characters.

Note that the Latin characters provided in this picker are for standard transliterations of runes, and you may need different characters to represent transcriptions into actual Old Norse or Anglo-Saxon, etc, text. (For that, see the Old Norse and Old English pickers.

IPA characters. Displays a panel of characters you may need while typing in an IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) transcription from the keyboard.

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