Ancient Nordic Runes

These are the Ancient Nordic Runes that only appear in the Elder Scrolls Online. It is unknown if the runes are an alphabet, or some other system of writing.

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The numbers assigned to each symbol are arbitrary are only there to assist with discussions about the symbols. They should not be taken as that symbol’s translation.

Due to the arrangement of the runes on the stones on which they are found, the “proper” orientation of each rune is unknown.

Symbols 1 and 2 are very similar, but are different enough to be considered different runes.

The Nord culture hero Ysgramor, leader of a great colonizing fleet to Tamriel, is credited with developing a runic transcription of Nord speech based on Elvish principles, and so Ysgramor is considered the first human historian.

— Aicantar of Shimerene, Before the Ages of Man

It is likely that the Nordic Runes found in ESO are those mentioned in the above quote. It is odd that there are no signs of these runes in Windhelm, a city built by Ysgramor. Unfortunately, there is no known translation of the Nordic runes, but they resemble the real-life Scandinavian runes.

Examples of Use

The two examples of runes in ESO
How the rune stones appear in game. Image taken near Last Rest on Bleakrock Isle by TLDovahkiin
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