The Joshua Roll, Vatican Library. An illuminated scroll, probably of the 10th century, created in the Byzantine empire.
Scroll of the Book of Esther, Seville, Spain.
Ingredients used in making ink for Hebrew scrolls today.

A scroll (from the Old French escroe or escroue), also known as a roll, is a roll of papyrus, parchment, or paper containing writing.[1]


A scroll is usually divided up into pages, which are sometimes separate sheets of papyrus or parchment glued together at the edges, or may be marked divisions of a continuous roll of writing material. The scroll is usually unrolled so that one page is exposed at a time, for writing or reading, with the remaining pages rolled up to the left and right of the visible page. It is unrolled from side to side, and the text is written in lines from the top to the bottom of the page. Depending on the language, the letters may be written left to right, right to left, or alternating in direction (boustrophedon).

Some scrolls are simply rolled up pages; others may have wooden rollers on each end: Torah scrolls have rather elaborate rollers befitting their ceremonial function.

Other Languages
العربية: طومار
беларуская: Скрутак
čeština: Svitek
Deutsch: Schriftrolle
eesti: Rullraamat
Esperanto: Volvolibro
فارسی: طومار
français: Volumen
Frysk: Boekrôle
한국어: 두루마리
íslenska: Rolla
עברית: מגילה
Nederlands: Boekrol
日本語: 巻物
norsk: Skriftrull
polski: Zwój
português: Rolo (manuscrito)
русский: Свиток
slovenčina: Zvitok (pergamen)
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Svitak
svenska: Bokrulle
українська: Сувій
اردو: طومار
ייִדיש: מגילה
中文: 卷軸