Gullskoen rune font for Mac and Windows


The font Gullskoen contains approx. 150 characters from the younger rune alphabet: the main forms and some variants of the long twig runes, the short twig runes, the staveless runes, and the Nordic medieval runes (including forms from Gotland, Iceland, and Greenland). The font does not represent a single futhark, but contains runic forms from a wide geographical area and from a period of several hundred years. The largest number of variants are Norwegian.

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

What about the older runes?

Gullhornet is a similar font for the older rune alphabet, also distributed free of cost.

Why the name Gullskoen?

Gullskoen is named after one of the buildings on the wharf (Bryggen) in Bergen. After the fire in 1955, a large number of inscriptions in the younger runes were found in the grounds here.

Conditions for use

Gullskoen 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 Gullskoen or its documentation.

Complete overview

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

Gullskoen (19 pages / 40 kB).

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

Downloading Gullskoen

Gullskoen 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.

Gullskoen 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 several font files (all 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 Gullskoen is free, I can not offer any support. However, I have tried to answer a few Frequently Asked Questions – in Norwegian.


Created 7 August 1996 by OEH.
Latest update 16 July 2016 by OEH.