Aglo-Saxon runic inscription on a knife
found in the River Thames
. This knife is known as Seax of Beagnoth today, it dates form the 9th or 10th century. The inscription ends with the name of the smith (Beagnoth).
Franks Casket contains a riddle in Futhorc
The Anglo-Saxon alphabet is a runic script that was used from the 5th to the 8th century. It extends Elder Futhark from 24 to between 26 and 33 characters. Like the Elder Futhark, it is named after the first few letters in the series: These transliterate to Futhorc in modern English. The script was used to record Old English and Old Frisian. Inscriptions using Futhorc are rare after the 9th century, and completely disappear after the Norman conquest.
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The Anglo-Saxon futhorc (abecedarium anguliscum) as presented in Codex Sangallensis 878 (9th century).
Futhorc series on the Seax of Beagnoth (9th century). The series has 28 runes, omitting io. The shapes of j, s, d, œ and y deviate from the standard forms shown above; eo appears mirrored.
The Thames zoomorphic silver-gilt (knife?) mount (late 8th century)