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Rune script

The székely rune script is a turko-type script which subsisted in the blossom of the people from south-east of Transylvania.

Its origin is date to the prior years of Hungarian occupancy.

Usually was graved in wood, the scripts directions proceed – habitually for semite scripts – from right to left.

The most important monuments with székely rune script are:

  • the brick with székely grave from Székelyderzs
  • the inscription of Bögöz village’s temple
  • the rune ABC from Nikolsburg
  • the Marigli’s calendar with rune script
  • the graved inscription from Constantinopol
  • the rune inscription from Énlaka

In the last thirteen years there were explorated several monuments with rune scripts on Székelyföld.

The székely rune script

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You can read more:

The Hungarian Runic Alphabet
Source: www.puszta.com

The Alphabet of Nikolsburg is the first known compilation of the Hungarian runes. It dates to the 15th century. Its Latin title says, “Littere Siculorum quae sculpunt vel cidunt in lignis.” (Approximate translation: Szekely letters that have been carved in wood.) It is written on parchment, and it lists 47 signs. 35 of these are simple signs and 11 ligatures or tied letters. The inscription ends with the word 'Amen.'

The runic alphabet of Nikolsburg from 1483.
Source: Forrai, Sándor. Az ősi magyar róvásírás az ókortól napjainkig, p. 293, 1994.

The origin of the Hungarian runes has been studied by many scholars throughout the centuries, and the script has experienced a new revival in the past 10-15 years. One of the latest versions of the “Szekely Alphabet” lists 40 signs, three of which are syllabic:

Source: Szabados, Robert. "Ősi Hun-Magyar Róvásírás". 24 Nov. 1998.

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