Symbols used in the writing system of early Frisians and Anglo-Saxon peoples / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Anglo-Saxon runes (Old English: rūna ᚱᚢᚾᚪ) are runes used by the early Anglo-Saxons as an alphabet in their writing system. The characters are known collectively as the futhorc (ᚠᚢᚦᚩᚱᚳ fuþorc) from the Old English sound values of the first six runes. The futhorc was a development from the 24-character Elder Futhark. Since the futhorc runes are thought to have first been used in Frisia before the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain, they have also been called Anglo-Frisian runes. They were likely to have been used from the 5th century onward, recording Old English and Old Frisian.
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|Languages||Anglo-Frisian (Old English and Old Frisian)|
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They were gradually supplanted in Anglo-Saxon England by the Old English Latin alphabet introduced by missionaries. Futhorc runes were no longer in common use by the eleventh century, but The Byrhtferth Manuscript (MS Oxford St John's College 17) indicates that fairly accurate understanding of them persisted into at least the twelfth century.