Norse Runic Inscriptions & their long forgotten cryptography
Earl Syversen and Alf Monge began to
examine the art of runic writing and catalogued accepted Old World
examples. This research showed that there was a greater complexity in
the Old World use of runes than is shown within the published standard
set of symbols.
This book is of value not only to those interested in possible Old
World pre-Columbian contacts with North America, but also to those who
want to delve further into the ancient usage of runes in the Old
Earl Syversen was born on May 20, 1905 in Minot,
North Dakota, the son of a harness maker. After his father's death in
1912, the Syversen family tried to farm a homestead in southern
Alberta, Canada. Later the family moved to Portland, Oregon, where
Earl became an apprentice to his uncle in the Jewellery trade. In the
1920's Mr. Syversen moved to San Francisco, California where he
married, raised a family and pursued his trade as a Jeweller. He
retired to Sonoma County, California where he was finally able to
concentrate on his pursuit of his cultural heritage. Earl Syversen
passed away on October 24, 1979.
Cryptography in Runic Carvings
Monge & Ole G. Landsverk
Norseman Press, Glendale, Calif., U.S.A., 1967
Alf Monge claimed to have discovered secretly dated cryptograms within
medieval runic inscriptions which were calendrically indicated. By
applying this theory on the finds from American soil the authors
state, that those can not be modern hoaxes simply because no one had
known of the existence of these Norse dated puzzles for well over 500
years. The book furthermore deals with the inscriptions from
Kensington (of course!) and Heavener, the New England cryptograms, the
acrostics in the legend of the
map and the testing of artefacts of possible 14th century origin in
authors bring forth some quick-witted arguments on this controversial
matter. Rune by rune, the author guides you through his proof of
Norse explorations in
breaking the cryptography of the Kensington runestone, apparently one
could discover the secret dates the Christian Norsemen were trying to
conceal in their encrypted carvings.
Mr. Monge, a native of
Norway, was trained
in cryptography by the US Army Signal Intelligence School, then served
as Chief Cryptographer for the Ninth Army Corps in
In 1963 he solved the first calendrically dated cryptogram--an often
complex and long-forgotten type of secret message in medieval runic
inscriptions. Since, he has solved the Kensington and Kingigtorssuag
runestones, as well as 3 brief but significant early 11th century
cryptograms from eastern Oklahoma, and two from Massachusetts & Rhode
Island. The first 10 chapters detail the precise & exciting
decryption. The following 11 chapters, by Landsverk, further explore
the evidence, both runic & otherwise (eg. The Benedictines & Norse
Cryptography, Mooring Stones & Metallic Artifacts, etc.)
The Kensington Runestone Compelling New Evidence
Nielsen and Scott Wolter
Outernet Pub. (June 2005)
Richard Nielsen and
Scott Wolter are hard scientists. They understand the methodology of
science, and Inference, from data, to the Best Explanation -- IBE,
philosophers of science call it. Both scientists are experienced
serving as expert witnesses in court cases. Nielsen, with his
doctorate in materials science, realized that the question of the
Kensington Runestone's authenticity likely could be answered with
petrographic data. He engaged Wolter to examine the Runestone using
current high-tech microscopy.
Richard Nielsen and Scott Wolter
The result was
clear: the rune incisions are too weathered to have been carved as
recently as the nineteenth century. QED, inference from the
petrographic data leads to the carved date of A.D. 1362 as the best
explanation for its origin.
The Kensington Rune
Stone has been the subject of passionate debate over its
authenticity since it was discovered in the roots of a tree near
Kensington, Minnesota,by Olof Ohman in 1898. Through the
presentation of compelling new evidence this book answers the many
nagging questions that have eluded investigators for over 100 years.
Much of this new evidence is truly startling and has led to the
understanding of not only who carved the stone, but where they came
from and why the came to North America. Co-authors geologist Scott
Wolter and engineer Richard Nielsen present the evidence of their
collective 25 years of research on the artefact. The results of
their research present a compelling and convincing case.
The Kensington Rune Stone: Compelling New Evidence is both
a forensic inquisition and engaging mystery. As an easy-to-follow
reference source, it’s the must-have guide for making an informed
decision about the evidence surrounding one of the most famous
inscriptions in North America. As the scientific community’s own Da
Vinci Code, this book is poised to expose the clash of scientific
ideology, politics and academia—while distilling the truth into one
clear, but spellbinding, tome.
novelist, journalist, distinguished honourary scholar and controversial
religious dissenter. The most important Swedish writer between Almqvist and Strindberg. For many years a significant influence on
national culture. Viktor Rydberg was born in 1828 in the provincial
city of Jönköping, Sweden.
Because of his
mother’s early death and their poverty, he never graduated. To his
credit, he sort knowledge and studied by himself. His first stories
were published in the Jönköpingsbladet. Viktor Rydberg was a very
active person, and lead a number of campaigns. For example he wanted
to clear the Swedish language from all German influences. He was a
jack-of-all-trades, and tried many different jobs during his
lifetime. Viktor Rydberg was a member of the Swedish Academy (from
The family (lower middle class) is
dissolved when he is five, due to the death of his mother and the
alcoholism of his father. His childhood and youth are plagued by
poverty, but he still gets a fairly good education. The utopian
liberalism of 1848 leaves a permanent mark on his political views.
From 1855 to 1876 he is a journalist at the liberal Göteborgs
handels- och sjöfartsstidning ("Gothenburg Mercantile and
Shipping Gazette"), then one of the leading newspapers in Scandinavia.
Its owner/editor, S.A. Hedlund, becomes his close friend and manager.
Viktor Rydberg (1828-1895). Universally recognized as
greatest Romantic poet, Rydberg was a journalist, novelist, and
distinguished scholar who remained a significant influence on Swedish
cultural life for many years. This book is based on his comprehensive
Undersökningar i Germanisk Mythologi (Investigations into
Germanic Mythology), the first volume of which was translated as
Teutonic Mythology, 1889, by Rasmus Anderson, and is widely
available on the internet and in print today.
The translator and linguist William P. Reaves, who works and resides
Orlando, Florida, has had a life-long interest in Norse mythology.
Several of his articles and essays on the subject can be found on the
1906 3rd Edition of Fädernas gudasaga
by Viktor Rydberg
Our Fathers' Godsaga translated
and Annotated by William P. Reaves.
A complete translation of Viktor Rydberg's
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and all 11 illustrations by renowned children's artist John Bauer from
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Hardcover US $25.95, Paperback US $15.95.
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Our Fathers God saga
reviewed by Dirk Schmitt:
Investigations into Germanic Mythology, Vol. II, Part 2: Germanic
Mythology, Translated and Annotated by William P.
For the first time in English: A complete
translation of pages 183-427 of Viktor Rydberg's second volume,
Undersökningar i Germanisk Mythology, andre delen (1889),
including Rydberg's thorough investigations of the Baldur Myth and the
Eddaic poem Hárbarðsljóð, as well as Rydberg's final timeline
of mythic events, and other important essays.
Hardcover US $29.95, Paperback US $19.95
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Investigations into Germanic Mythology, Vol. II, Part 1: Indo-European
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studies, and Rydberg's essay on "mythological methodology", for the
first time in English.
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