Research Group for Medieval Philology


The Unicode standard supports an increasing amount of characters used within medieval studies, but there is still need for specific fonts. The research group has been an instigator for the development of special runic fonts, and has contributed to the promoting and facilitating the use of special characters in the Latin alphabet.

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The runic font Gullhornet contains a wide selection of older runes and their variants, whereas Gullskoen offers a comparable selection of younger runic characters including many variants. The fonts are available free of charge and are compatible with Mac, Linux and Windows. You can download the fonts from here.

Gullhornet and Gullskoen were developed by Odd Einar Haugen, and he is now preparing a Unicode compatible runic font, UNI Runes, which will contain the full inventory of the two above-mentioned fonts as well as a number of new runic characters, including many from Codex Runicus (AM 28 8vo). This font has not yet been made publicly available, but anybody who would like to test a preliminary version of the font can contact the font designer, Odd Einar Haugen. It is expected that the font will be published free of charge by the end of 2022. 

MUFI (Medieval Unicode Font Initiative) is a useful resource for those who would like to reproduce characters from Old Norse medieval manuscripts. On this website, the MUFI character recommendation (now in v. 4.0) offers an overview of a large number of medieval characters as well as a selection of fonts which can be downloaded free of charge. The latest font on this webpage is Andron Scriptor, developed by Andreas Stötzner in collaboration with MUFI and published 3 July 2020.