What has me excited is they have also found at least two undeniable examples of the Hooked X symbol being used for the letter “a.” […] Is this conclusive evidence of a link between the sect of Jesus and his followers in the First Century, and the Templars who carved the five North American rune stones? Not yet, but this alphabet in particular is a huge piece of evidence that is consistent with this thesis.
We see the same “hook,” for example, in many pieces of old handwriting drawn with a quill. Christopher Columbus, to take one example, used the “hook” on both the letters “x” and “y.”
I think this presents one possible solution to the mystery of the Hooked X® and its appearance on the Kensington Rune Stone. According to Wolter, this unusual character, otherwise unattested in medieval Scandinavian runes, is a secret symbol of the Holy Bloodline. According to skeptics, it was likely derived from a secret code used by Swedish immigrants, as seen in the so-called Larsen Papers. But there is now a third possibility that eliminates the need for any secret codes at all. The Kensington Rune Stone’s inscription, and/or the Larsen Papers, may have been modeled on runes from old manuscripts that were written out by hand, in which the “hook” needed to draw the backstroke of the “x”-shaped rune was prominent enough that later people mistook it for an intentional part of the character rather than an artifact of the writing process. Perhaps somewhere along the line, in the generation or two before the stone was carved, the handwriting convention was mistaken for orthography after quills were replaced with fountain pens and the purpose of the hook was forgotten.