orkney-runes

two typefaces by Feòrag NicBhrìde

The "Orkney Runes" package contains two Runic typefaces inspired by the Viking graffiti inside the Maes Howe Chambered tomb on the Orkney Mainland. The graffiti itself has a familiar ring to it, being the sort of comment you would expect to find scrawled in a modern public convenience. The lettering itself is from the Younger Futhark, but a mixture of long-branch and short-twig forms. Maeshowe is the neat version of the lettering. Orkahaug is a much rougher version of the same lettering, designed to look as if it has been scratched into stone. "Orkahaug" is the Viking name for Maes Howe.

The character set is rather limited. The alphabetic slots contain runes found in Maes Howe. There is also a full Runic character set in the appropriate Unicode slots. This is a light reworking of one of my first (1997) efforts, mostly to put it into modern formats.

The typeface comes in two 'flavours'. The OTF version is PostScript-flavoured OpenType; the TTF is TrueType-flavoured OpenType. Both should work on MacOS X, Linux and Windows systems. If you use MacOS 8 or 9, only the OTF version will work on these systems. If you have a PostScript printer, you should also choose the OTF version.

SIL Open Font License This typeface is licensed under the SIL Open Font License 1.1

While the font is free for you to use and adapt, with very few conditions attached, if you do use it and enjoy it, a small donation would be appreciated. Any money so received will be ring-fenced for spending on font software, books etc. Copies of anything on which it’s used would be nice, too.

Download OTF version 2.0 [Zip 527 Kb]
Download TTF version 2.0 [Zip 546 Kb]