ANCIENT RUNIC CALENDAR - ($35 US)
Norweigian 1000 AD
Stone-cast tablet, light ochre hydrostone, 165 x 60 mm (6.5 x 2.25 inches), with back-label & parchment description
Reproduction of a thousand year old Norweigian Runic Calendar which was originally carved in bone. The inscription is in a mixture of Old Norse and Northumbrian runes.
This is a perpetual calendar based on the 19 year "Metonic" cycle of the moon. It does not rely on knowledge of the length of the tropical year or the occurrence of leap years. It would be set at the beginning of each year by observing the first full moon after the winter solstice and could still be used today. Notably, the first full moon marks the date of Disting, an important pagan feast and fete day.
Apart from the calendar wheel which groups the days into a typical month, the tablet records a double line inscription running down both sides. On the first line, 52 weeks of seven days are laid out using 52 repetitions of sixteen runes of Younger Futhark, plus special symbols for the remaining three years, Arlaug, Tvimadur and Belgthor. On the second line, many of the days are marked with one of the symbols which represent the 19 years of the lunar cycle. The runes for each weekday vary from year to year and the new moon always falls on the given day during that year of the cycle.
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