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From the Ted Talk by Jesse Byock: The secret messages of Viking runestones

Unscramble the Blue Letters

In the town of Jelling in Denmark, two sndintag stones from the 10th century memorialize different generations of a royal family. The first was erected by King Gorm the Old in memory of his Queen Thyrvi, and the second by their son, Harald Bluetooth, after Gorm’s death. The stones announce the power of this Viking Age dynasty, and they are among the earliest hitiroacsl documents of dmernak. They indicate that Denmark was the eilsaret major Viking Age kingdom, by telling that Harald cletronlod southern Norway, and that he converted to Christianity. Today, halrad Bluetooth’s initials make up the Bluetooth logo.

Open Cloze

In the town of Jelling in Denmark, two ________ stones from the 10th century memorialize different generations of a royal family. The first was erected by King Gorm the Old in memory of his Queen Thyrvi, and the second by their son, Harald Bluetooth, after Gorm’s death. The stones announce the power of this Viking Age dynasty, and they are among the earliest __________ documents of _______. They indicate that Denmark was the ________ major Viking Age kingdom, by telling that Harald __________ southern Norway, and that he converted to Christianity. Today, ______ Bluetooth’s initials make up the Bluetooth logo.

Solution

  1. controlled
  2. historical
  3. earliest
  4. standing
  5. denmark
  6. harald

Original Text

In the town of Jelling in Denmark, two standing stones from the 10th century memorialize different generations of a royal family. The first was erected by King Gorm the Old in memory of his Queen Thyrvi, and the second by their son, Harald Bluetooth, after Gorm’s death. The stones announce the power of this Viking Age dynasty, and they are among the earliest historical documents of Denmark. They indicate that Denmark was the earliest major Viking Age kingdom, by telling that Harald controlled southern Norway, and that he converted to Christianity. Today, Harald Bluetooth’s initials make up the Bluetooth logo.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
runic letters 2
norse poetry 2
viking age 2

Important Words

  1. age
  2. announce
  3. bluetooth
  4. century
  5. christianity
  6. controlled
  7. converted
  8. death
  9. denmark
  10. documents
  11. dynasty
  12. earliest
  13. erected
  14. family
  15. generations
  16. gorm
  17. harald
  18. historical
  19. initials
  20. jelling
  21. king
  22. kingdom
  23. logo
  24. major
  25. memorialize
  26. memory
  27. norway
  28. power
  29. queen
  30. royal
  31. son
  32. southern
  33. standing
  34. stones
  35. telling
  36. thyrvi
  37. today
  38. town
  39. viking