by Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Thursday 20 February 2014

By golly, they’ve done it! Runologist (someone who studies Runic alphabets, fyi) Jonas Nordby from the University of Oslo finally solved Jötunvillur, a 900-year old mysterious encryption that dates back to the 11th or 12th century. So what’s the message that’s tested the sands of time? Could it tell us the meaning of life? Or perhaps reveal ancient aliens?

Actually, it just says, ‘Kiss me’.

Medievalists.net explains:

‘For the jötunvillur code, one would replace the original runic character with the last sound of the rune name. For example, the rune for ‘f’, pronounced fe, would be turned into an ‘e’, while the rune for ‘k’, pronounced kaun, became ‘n’.

‘It’s like solving a puzzle,’ said Nordby to the Norwegian website forskning.no. ‘Gradually I began to see a pattern in what was apparently meaningless combinations of runes’’.

‘However, those thinking that the coded runes will reveal deep secrets of the Norse will be disappointed. The messages found so far seem to be either used in learning or have a playful tone. In one case the message was ‘Kiss me’. Nordby explains ‘We have little reason to believe that rune codes should hide sensitive messages, people often wrote short everyday messages’.

Via This Is Colossal