Gullhornet rune font for Mac and Windows


The font Gullhornet contains 109 characters from the older rune alphabet, both common Germanic runes and Anglo-Saxon and Frisian ones. In addition to the approx. 40 standard characters in these futharks there are approx. 60 variants and 9 signs for punctuation and diacritical marks.

Gullhornet contains all characters of the older rune alphabet included in Unicode Runic 16A0–16FF, in addition to a large number of variants.

What about the younger runes?

Gullskoen is a similar font for the younger rune alphabet, also distributed free of cost.

Why the name Gullhornet?

Gullhornet is named after one of the best known Danish inscriptions in the older runes, found in 1734, later stolen and lost, but documented through drawings and copies. The name also seemed suitable since Gullhornet will be listed in the font menu on a computer immediately before Gullskoen, the font for younger runes.

Conditions for use

Gullhornet is distributed under the Creative Commons licence BY-NC (Attribution + Noncommercial). This means that the font can be downloaded and used free of charge, including in print or in digital publications. It can also be modified or extended by other users, but only for non-commercial purposes.

Please note that the copyright is retained by the developer, Odd Einar Haugen (University of Bergen, LLE, Sydnesplassen 7, 5007 Bergen, Norway).

It is not necessary to refer to the developer if the font is used for publishing.

The developer is not liable for any damage resulting from any defect in Gullhornet or its documentation.

Complete overview

A complete inventory of Gullhornet is available as a PDF file:

Gullhornet (16 pages / 96 kB).

After having installed the font you can get a complete overview by using the “Insert Symbol” command in Microsoft Word. Similar glyph palettes can be found in many other applications.

Downloading Gullhornet

Gullhornet can be downloaded by choosing one of the font formats below. The font will be downloaded as a zip file on Mac as well as on Windows. On most computers, the file will be unzipped automatically. In some cases, however, you must instal a separate application for this, e.g. Stuffit Expander (Mac version | Windows version).

Some browsers may try and open the file in a new window. To ensure that the file is downloaded, you may right-click (Windows) or option-click (Mac) – depending on the preferences in your browser.

Gullhornet can be installed as any other font files. Please follow the instructions for your computer.




PostScript (Type 1)



Windows (and Linux)


PostScript (Type 1)


Which format?

On the Mac platform your best option is probably to use TrueType fonts. In most cases, the quality of TrueType fonts equals that of PostScript (Type 1) fonts. In OS 9 you should choose Mac's own TrueType-font, but in OS 10 you may as well use Windows TrueType fonts since in this version of the Mac OS, Windows TrueType fonts are fully supported. In some cases you might want to use PostScript fonts on the Mac, for example if you have a printer that requires PostScript or if you want to use the font in typesetting projects where PostScript is required. In this case, you must instal a couple of font files (both contained in the zip file).

On the Windows platform TrueType is the preferred format. Also, with TrueType there is only one font file to instal. You may use PostScript fonts (Type 1) on the Windows platform, too, but as far as I know they are not as much used on Windows as on the Mac. With PostScript you need to instal several font files (all contained in the zip file).

On the Linux platform you may – as far as I know – use Windows TrueType fonts.


Sorry! Since Gullhornet is free, I can not offer any support. However, I have tried to answer a few Frequently Asked Questions – in Norwegian.


Created 15 November 2000 by OEH.
Latest update 16 July 2016 by OEH.