This is a fascinating story of 11th or 12th century Viking life with a fun little twist.
While experts were able to determine the characters of their alphabet, the messages inscribed needed additional decoding.
“The messages found so far seem to be either used in learning or have a playful tone.”
It would seem as though Vikings enjoyed coding secret messages to one another with many of the messages being fun taunts. Here’s one of those Viking codes:
This particular message says:
So go ahead and run by Home Depot, get yourself a nice 2×4, carve the runes pictured above, and give this to your sweetheart.
Ladies: If your man doesn’t comply, just knock him over the head with it.
Men: If your lady doesn’t respond, build something.
Happy Valentine’s Day!