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    Naturevolume 105page365 (1920) | Download Citation



    THE death is announced at Copenhagen of the well-known Danish philologist, PROF. L. F. A. WIMMER, at eighty-one years of age. Prof. Wimmer was the author of an important book on the Runic alphabet, “Runeskriftens oprindelse og udvikling i Norden,” published in 1874, in which he suggested that the Runes were really Latin letters adapted for carving in wood, and of four volumes on Runic inscriptions in Denmark. In several of the Sagas it is recorded that Runes were inscribed on round pieces of wood, called Kefii, or Runic sticks. It has been suggested that the Eddas were recorded in this way, but the evidence is not quite satisfactory.

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