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October 21, 2007

Runestone in Helenelund

There are a number of Rune Stones around the Stockholm area - one thing that A wants to do while she is here is to find some of them. This one I came across by accident and took a picture with the intention of finding someone who knew what it was.

There is a small informational plaque next to the stone, but that only has Swedish description so I was no wiser.

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November 3, 2007

Husby rune stone

While exploring Akalla Park I found another rune stone. It is now standing by the junction between three paths near the grave grounds.

"... had the stone raised ... Rysja(?), his brother. He ... east. Balli ..."

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December 20, 2007

Låssa rune stone

Just along the road from Låssa church there is a rune stone. This isn't as well restored as some of the others I have seen.

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January 27, 2008

Arlanda runestone

Trying to find my way out of Arlanda Airport upon return from my travels over the holidays I found theres a rune stone on display in terminal 5 - it was found, if I remember correctly, during the building of the road from Stockholm to the airport and moved to its current place of display.

"Gunnarr and Bjôrn and Þorgrímr raised this stone in memory of Þorsteinn, their brother, who was dead in the east with Ingvarr, and made this bridge."

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February 16, 2008

Södertalje runestone

In a little park outside Södertalje station is another runestone, this one larger than most of the others I have seen, so I didn't recognise it at first.

"Holmfastr (and) Hróðelfr had the runes carved in memory of ... ... Ingifastr, their sons. They were in the east(?). And Œpir carved."

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February 18, 2008

Torekällbergets museum runestone

As well as the runestone by the station there is one in Torekällbergets museum.

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February 25, 2008

Hågtuna Runestone

Outside the church in Hågtuna.

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February 28, 2008

Häggeby rune stone

Just beyond Häggeby there is a runestone by the side of the road.

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March 1, 2008

Another Häggeby rune stone

A little further from Häggeby rune stone and Häggeby church is another rune stone, this at the end of a little pathway in what appears to be the bottom of somebodies garden.

"Rúna had the landmark made in memory of Spjallboði and in memory of Sveinn and in memory of Andvéttr and in memory of Ragnarr, sons of her and Helgi/Egli/Engli; and Sigríðr in memory of Spjallboði, her husbandman. He died in Holmgarðr in Ólafr's church. Œpir carved the runes."

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March 3, 2008

Skokloster rune stones

In the churchyard of Skokloster Slott there are a couple of rune stones, one double sided.

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March 5, 2008

Löt runestones

There are another couple of runestones at a junction of two small roads near Löt.

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March 24, 2008

Uppsala runestones

Walking around Uppsala I found a square full of rune stones.

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IMGP3072.JPG Location U938 - "Holmfast lät resa stenen till minne av lgulger, sin fader, och Torbjörn"
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IMGP3076.JPG Location U937 - "Tjägn och Gunnar reste stenarna till minne av Väder, sin broder."
IMGP3078.JPG Location U939 - "Forkunn och Brune läto göra minnesmärket efter lgulfast, sin fader."
IMGP3080.JPG Location U940 - "Igul och Torger lät uppresa stenen till minne av Kättilfast, sin far. Hjälpte själen. Gillög. Öpir rådde runorna"
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IMGP3084.JPG Location U932 - ""Muli ... ... [r]etta stæin thenna æftiR Svarthaufdha, brodhur sinn. Asmundr. Ingiald/Ingialdr. Muli ok Gunn...(?) o[k] Ig[ulf]astr(?) o[k] ... ... th[au]n letu retta stæin thenna æftiR Svarthauf[dha by]gg[i i] Sudhrby." "Múli ... ... this stone erected in memory of Svarthôfdhi, their brother. Ásmundr, Ingjald/Ingjaldr, Múli and Gunn-...(?) and Ígulfastr(?) and ... ... they had this stone erected in memory of Svarthôfdhi. (He) lived in Sudhrbýr."
IMGP3086.JPG Location U489 - "Gullaug(?) let gæra bro fyr and "GillaugaR, dottur sinnaR ok sum atti UlfR. ØpiR risti." "Gullaug(?) had the bridge made for the spirit of Gillaug, her daughter, and whom Ulfr owned (i.e. was married to). Öpir carved."
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IMGP3089.JPG Location - U1011 - ""Vígmundr lét hôggva stein at sik sjalfan, slœgjastr manna. "Gudh hjalpi sál "Vígmundar sty´rimanns. "Vígmundr ok "Áfrídhr hjoggu merki at kvikvan sik." "Vígmundr had the stone cut in memory of himself, the most skillful of men. May God help Vígmundr the captain's soul. Vígmundr and Áfrídhr cut the landmark in memory of themselves while alive."
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March 25, 2008

More Uppsala rune stones

After leaving Uppsala I found some more rune stones. I believe these are U962, U963, U964 and U965, based on finding them outside Vaksala church, but cannot find any information on their inscriptions or translations (can anyone read runes?).

Updated: This site suggests some translations.
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IMGP3110.JPG Location "Neskonungr had ... Ígulbjôrn, his father; and Inga in memory of her husbandman. God and God's mother ... your(?) [soul], Ígulbjôrn."
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April 4, 2008

A. with an Uppsala runestone

A. with a runestone.

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April 15, 2008

Runtuna Kyrka Runestones

Outside Runtuna Kyrka there are a couple of rune stones, one of which is, I believe, Sö 143.

"Eyjarr lét gera kuml bæði eptir "Ingulf, son sinn. Hjalpi "Kristr ǫnd hans.".

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April 18, 2008

Runestones outside Aspa

Standing by a bridge over a brook outside Aspa stand a couple of rune stones.

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April 19, 2008

Aspa runestones

The small village of Aspa has a number of rune stones

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"þura : raisþi : stin : þ--si at : ubi : buanti : sin"
"Þora ræisþi stæin þ[ann]si at Øpi, boanda sinn."
"Þóra raised this stone in memory of Œpir, her husbandman."
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": stain : saR:si : stanr : at : ybi : o þik*staþi : at ¶ : þuru : uar : han : uestarla : uakti : karla ¶ [sa þar] * sunr þaþ * raknasuatau(k)i(f)maR[sua]"
"Stæinn saRsi standr at Øpi a þingstaði at Þoru ver. Hann vestarla væknti(?) karla, sa þaR sunR það. ..."
"This stone stands in memory of Œpir, on the Assembly-place in memory of Þóra's husband. He armed(?) (his) men in the west. The son saw this there ..."
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": hiar : stainr : stin : at : kuþan : ybis : arfa : ak : þurunaR kylu : broþurs : kuþ hialbin : at :"
"Hier stændr stæinn at goðan Øpis arfa ok ÞorunnaR, Gyllu broðurs. Guð hialpin and."
"Here stands the stone in memory of Œpir's and Þórunnr's good heir, Gylla's brother. May God help (his) spirit."
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"sloþi auk * rahnfriþ * þau * litu * biþi * bro * k(i)ara * a... * (s)...in * ra-(s)n * eftiR ihulbiarn * sun sin *"
"Sloði ok Ragnfriðr þau letu baði bro gæra o[k] s[tæ]in ræ[i]sa æftiR Igulbiorn, sun sinn."
"Slóði and Ragnfríðr, they both had the bridge made and the stone raised in memory of Ígulbjôrn, their son."
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"ostriþ : lit : -ira : ku(m)... ...usi ÷ at : anunt ÷ auk : raknualt : sun : sin ÷: urþu : ta...R : - (t)an...-...(k)u : ua-u : rikiR : o rauniki : ak : snialastiR : i : suiþiuþu"
"Astrið let [g]æra kum[bl þa]usi at Anund ok Ragnvald, sun sinn. Urðu da[uði]R [i] Dan[mar]ku, va[R]u rikiR a Rauningi ok sniallastiR i Sveþiuðu."
"Astrid had this memorial made after Anund and Ragnvald, her son. (They) died in Denmark, were powerful in Rauningi and the ablest in Sweden."
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April 22, 2008

Järna runestone

In the small town of Järna I found another rune stone, by the church. I didn't know, when I was there, that Järna is the home of Anthroposophy in Sweden.

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April 24, 2008

Broby bro runestones

This first looks a lot like other rocks in the ground in this area, but I stopped to take a closer look because of the little information board by it - even standing next to it it wasn't obvious it was actually a carved stone.
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U163 "Gamall and Sveinn and Farulfr had the rock-slab carved in memory of Þórir, their father; and Gamall in memory of his foster-father. ...-fastr cut."
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U151 "Þorbjôrn and Ingiþóra had this stone raised in memory of Ígull, their father; and Erinvé in memory of her husbandman and in memory of ..."
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"Jarlabanki ... He met his end in Greece."
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"... carved the runes ... may help... his"
These last two are U139 & U140 (though I don't know which way around)
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U150 "* iarla*b]aki * auk * fastui * litu * raisa * stina * aftiR [* suain * sun * sin"
"Iarlabanki ok Fastvi letu ræisa stæina æftiR Svæin, sun sinn."
"Jarlabanki and Fastvé had the stones raised in memory of Sveinn, their son."
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April 30, 2008

Broby bro grave fields rune stones

Hiding in the corner of the gravefield are another three rune stones, as well as those by the roadside.

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U135 "× ikifastr × auk × austain × auk × suain × litu * raisa + staina þasa * at * austain faþur × sin × auk × bru × þasa karþu × auk × hauk þana ×"
"Ingifastr ok Øystæinn ok Svæinn letu ræisa stæina þessa at Øystæin, faður sinn, ok bro þessa gærðu ok haug þenna."
"Ingifastr and Eysteinn and Sveinn had these stones raised in memory of Eysteinn, their father, and made this bridge and this mound."
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U137 "* aystin * auk * astriþr * raistu * stina * aftir * kak * sun * sin *"
"Øystæinn ok Æstriðr ræistu stæina æftiR Kag(?)/Gag(?), sun sinn."
"Eysteinn and Ástríðr raised the stones in memory of Kagr(?)/Gagr(?), their son."
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U136 "× astriþr × la(t) + raisa × staina × þasa × [a]t austain × buta sin × is × suti × iursalir auk antaþis ub i × kirkum"
"Æstriðr let ræisa stæina þessa at Øystæin, bonda sinn, es sotti IorsaliR ok ændaðis upp i Grikkium."
"Ástríðr had these stones raised in memory of Eysteinn, her husbandman, who attacked Jerusalem and met his end up in Greece."
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May 1, 2008

Jarlabankes bro runestones

Not far from Broby Bro are the Jarlabanke Runestones, marking the causeway crossing the marsh.

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U164 "× iarlabaki × lit × raisa × stain × þisa × at sik × kuikuan ×× auk bru × þisa × karþi × fur ont × sina × auk ain ati × alan × tabu × kuþ hialbi ont hans"
"Iarlabanki let ræisa stæina þessa at sik kvikvan, ok bro þessa gærði fyr and sina, ok æinn atti allan Tæby. Guð hialpi and hans."
"Jarlabanki had these stones raised in memory of himself while alive, and made this bridge for his spirit, and (he) alone owned all of Tábýr. May God help his spirit."
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U165 "ia[r]labaki × li- ---sa × staina × þisa × at sik × kuikuan × auk bru þis(a) [× karþi fur ont ×] si-- --- × ati + (a)lan × tabu +"
"Iarlabanki le[t ræi]sa stæina þessa at sik kvikvan, ok bro þessa gærði fyr and si[na ...] atti allan Tæby."
"Jarlabanki had these stones raised in memory of himself while alive, and made this bridge for his spirit ... owned all of Tábýr."
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May 2, 2008

Jarlabankes bro runriket

Next to the Jarlabankes causeway there are a number of modern interpretations of the inscriptions found on some of the Jarlabankes runestones. More information.

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"Ingefast had this stone raised and the bridge built for Jarlabanke. His father Joruns son. Kättilö had the stone raised for her husband. Öpir engraved"
The dragon weaves across Jarlabankes memorial stone bearing runes about a father, son and husband. The stone was raised north of the stream and bridge in Fällbro beside the road which linked the farmsteads around the lake Täby - Karby - Broby - Såsta - Hagby - Fällbro - Skålhamra - Kragsta - Lindö
One thousand years later we can take the same road by following the Fresta and Skålhmra Road. A twisting route + like the rune stone dragon.
In Fällbro the road went between two carved rocks runes telling of older bridges across the stream in Fällbro. The stream marked the boundary between two properties and rune stones were raised at the boundary between properties "Fällbro" + was the bridge build to be felled as needed? Perhaps, but not in Jarlabankes day. Fällbro then may have meant a "distant bridge" or Fäll may have come from a mans name.
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"Östen and Estrid raised the stone in memory of Gag, their son"
Östens and Estrids son Gag was dead and was buried on the family property in Såsta. Östen fitted out a ship for a pilgrimage destined for the Holy City of Jerusalem. There he would pray for the soul of young Gag. However Östen died and was buried far away. At home at Såsta beside the grave of Gag a mound and a bridge were built in Östens honour. The bridge then gave the village its name - Broby (bridge village).
Then came the day when Estrid died. She was buried beside Östens mound and Gag - the boy who was her first-born son. This archaeologists could see during excavations. She was now made ready for the Day of Judgement. The family assembled with children and grandchildren - Jarlabanke saw his fathers mother in a linen shroud.
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"Gudlog had these stones raised after Holm, her son, and for herself. He died in Lombardy"
Holme had died in Italy in the 11th century and soon after Gudlog had the run stone engraved. She must have been content in her heaven when her stone was walled into Täby Church 200 years later. The stone church perhaps replaced an older wooden church. Jarlabanke may have financed the first chapel and it is reasonable to suppose that he was buried there. He ordered the inscription that he alone owned all of Täby, an area as big as todays Täby church village.
The first Christians were buried at their farmsteads and nearby their family raised their rune stones. The stones were engraved by masters such as Öpir. With church construction new masters arrived who instead painted heavenly pictures. In the 1480s Täby Church was decorated by the religious painter Albertus Pictor.
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"...Ulvkel and Arnkel and Gye made this thing site. No memorial shall be bigger than that which Ulfs sons made for him, able lads remembering their father..."
The three brothers belonged to the Skålhmra family which owned land on the other side of the lake. They built a thing site on the eastern side - on neutral ground between different families. In the past they had been able to lead sacrifices and cult worship in the region but now they had become Christian. At the thing subjects were judged and punished perhaps also forcibly baptised? A thousand years later the thing places are empty but the stones of Arkels thing site remain.
Ulf of Skålhamra had left this life. Two runes stones were raised to his memory. They face west where Skålhamra lay. But the days of the Skålhamra family were numbered. Jarlabanke soon took over in the region and let it be known that he had built a new thing site.
(A 'thing' here is an assembly point - much like Tynwald on the Isle of Man)
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"...and Ingeborg in memory of her husband, he drowned beneath Holms sea, shipwrecked was he, none were saved but three"
Only three men came home from the voyage. They had survived as if by a miracle. God help the souls of the dead men. Ingeborg raised a rune stone to one of them. She saw it as an act of true Christianity. Almost 1000 years have passed since then. We can see the rune stone in Vallentuna Church. The rune stone was walled into the church when it was built at the end of the 12th century.
The mens boat sank in Holms Sea, whose location nobody knows for certain. It may have been the waters around Bornholm or perhaps further east in the Gulf of Finland. The knarr was the vessel of the Viking Age. But who could fit out such a vessel? It was the leading figures of society those who raised rune stones to show their status.
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"Ulvs heirs in Lindö had these stones raised after their father and brother and built the bridge Visäte carved."
Ulf of Lindö had acquired much land and now a new generation was to uphold the heritage. And the Lindö family was a family to reckon with. They raised rune stones and built Gullbron Bridge - a bridge which may have looked like Jarlabankes. Today it is gone, but a rune stone remains.
The Lindö family belonged north of the lake with the Skålhamra family ruling to the west. East of the lake lay a forested no-mans land and in the south the Jarlabanke family property sprawled out. In an era when the goal was to gain in strength only one family could dominate. Jarlabanke soon ruled the entire area and therefore he had built a new thing site. This is written on a rune stone at Vallentuna Church.
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"Halvdan and Tobbe had this stone raised after Udde their father Torbjörns sone. Öpir engraved the runes"
The stones formed exclamation marks in the landscape - powerfully painted so that the runes would be seen. In Uppland in an intensive period of 150 years over 1000 rune stones were raised. It took place as more and more became Christianised.
Runes were shaped by hammer and chisel 16 characters forming the messages. Öpir carved many rune stones in the area. He was active around the year 1100 after which a new form of writing was introduced. The language in the churches of Europe was Latin and it was put down in letters. In AD1198 a missal was written in Latin showing when Mass was held in Vallentuna Church. It is the oldest preserved book in Sweden.
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"Ulv of Bårresta carved the stone after Ulv of Skålhamra, his good friend. Ulvkell had it carved"
The local chief Ulv of Bårresta was Christian as was his powerful friend Ulv of Skålhamra. The runemaster Ulvkell was asked to carve two crosses, one of them oddly with crosses on the arm ends. They were typical of sourthern Russia - had Ulv seen such crosses on a pilgrimage? The shape bore a symbolic message: Christianity was in all four corners of the world. The northern corner contained Bårresta and Skålhamra. Incidentally - does the cross seem familiar? The shape is seen in the Täby coat of arms.
The rune stone stands in Risbyle, north of Skålhamra, where the Skålhamra family lived for generations. Ulvs son Arnkel had built a site for a thing. It lay nearby - just across the lake. Those who lived around the lake got there by boat as did the representatives of the Skålhamra family.
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May 3, 2008

Vallentuna Kyrka runestones

Vallentuna church is home to a number of rune stones, some have modern interpretations.

There are a number of runestones in the churchyard here, though a couple of them are not in the traditional style.
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U219 "Andorr/Arnþórr shaped this fair stone ..."
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U212 "× iarlibaki × lit × raisa × stan + þina × a... ... ...kuan + han × ati ain × tabu × alan × -... ... ont hans +"
"Iarlabanki let ræisa stæin þenna a[t sik kvi]kvan. Hann atti æinn Tæby allan. [Guð hialpi] and hans."
"Jarlabanki had this stone raised in memory of himself while alive. He alone owned all of Tábýr. May God help his spirit."
Unfortunately I didn't notice the B-side of this stone, nor could I get inside the church because there was a service in progress and I didn't want to disrupt it looking for a rune stone.
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U220 "Dávið shaped."
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U221 "... in memory of Sigfastr(?)..."
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May 4, 2008

Rosendal runestone

Not far from Vallentuna there is another rune stone by the roadside.
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U236 "Ulfr's heirs í Lindey have raised these stones and made the bridge in memory of their father and brother. Véseti cut."
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June 2, 2008

Botkyrka runestone

Sö285 "Végautr and ... raised the stone in memory of ... ... their sons."

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June 15, 2008

Sollentuna Kyrka runestone

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" Fullugi(?) and Gunnarr had this stone raised in memory of Geirrøðr(?), (their) father. ... May God help his spirit."
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"Sigfastr and Ónæmr ... ... in memory of Illugi , (their) father ..."
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" §A ... this stone in memory of ... his spirit
§B ... þartunki"
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June 18, 2008

Ytterjärna kyrka runestone

Outside Ytterjärna kyrka is a rune stone.

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"A ... ...in × þinsa × at × kai(r)... ... ...-n * eR * e[n-a]þr × ut - × kr..."
"B ... ...roþur × ..."
"C ... ... raisa : ..."
"A ... [stæ]in þennsa at GæiR... ... [Ha]nn eR æn[d]aðr ut [i] Gr[ikkium]."
"B ... [b]roður ..."
"C ... [let] ræisa ..."
"... this stone in memory of Geir-... ... He had met his end abroad in Greece."
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August 5, 2008

Gamla stan rune stone

Having spent quite a lot of time wandering around Gamla Stan, I was surprised to discover a rune stone I've not noticed before.

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September 9, 2008

Frösön runestone

The rune stone on Frösön is the most northerly rune stone discovered so far.
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September 23, 2008

Barkarby runestone

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"Åsgöt lät resa stenen...(efter sin) make."
"This runic stone which dates to the 11th century was rediscovered during the middle of the 19th century and used then, broken in two parts, as stone stairs in the village of Egglunda located som 100 meters farther west. Only the lower part of the runic stone is preserved."
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October 8, 2008

Gamla Uppsala rune stones

There are a couple of rune stones by the church in Gamla Uppsala.
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"Eilífr and Sigviðr had the stone raised in memory of Véfastr, their father."
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"Sigviðr, traveller to England, raised this stone in memory of Védjarfr, (his) father ... ... ... "

November 2, 2008

Svinnegarn runestone

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"Järand reste dessa stenar efter Jarl, sin son. Guo hjälpe hans ande"
"Järand raised this stone after Jarl, his son. Who helped ???"
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November 4, 2008

Markim runestone

Near the Markim gravefields there is a rune stone, U338.
"þurstin × uk × ragnfriR × þu ristu × stin × þina × iftiR × biur[n] × i krnbu
× bruþur × kalfs × anum × ua[at × uikmu - - R × ku]þ ihlbi × [o]ns × ot × uk × salu × bitr × þan × on karþ[i] - il"
"Þorstæinn ok Ragnfriðr þau ræistu stæin þenna æftiR Biorn i Gr[a]nby, broður Kalfs. Hanum va at Vigm[un]dr. Guð hialpi hans and ok salu bætr þan hann gærði [t]il."
"Torsten och Ragnfrid de reste denna sten efter Björn i Granby, Kalvs broder. Honom dräpte Vigmund. Gud hjälpe hans ande och själ bättre än han förtjänade."
"Torsten and Ragnfrid they raised this stone after Björn in Granby, Kalv's brother. Him killed Vigmund. God help his spirit and soul better than he deserved."
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November 5, 2008

Granby runestone

U337
"+ hemik + uk + sialfi + uk + iohan + þeiR + lata hakua + eftR + faþur sin + finuiþ + uk + uarkas × uk × rahnfriþ + uk moþur sina + uk + at + ikikerþi + uk + at + kalf + uk + kiarþar + u- ...-at + (h)an ati ' ein × alt fyrst × þat × uaru × freantr þeia + koþ : hialbi + ant þaira + uiseti + risti × runa þisa"
"HæmingR ok Sialfi ok Iohan þæiR lata haggva æftiR faður sinn Finnvið, ok Vargas(?)/Varghôss(?) ok Ragnfriðr, ok moður sina, ok at Ingigærði ok at Kalf ok Gærðar o[k] <...-at>. Hann atti æinn allt fyrst. Þat vaRu frændr þæiRa. Guð hialpi and þæiRa. Viseti risti runaR þessaR."
"Hemingr and Sjalfi and Jóhan, they have cut (the stone) in memory of their father Finnviðr and Vargas(?)/Varghôss(?) and Ragnfríðr and their mother, and in memory of Ingigerðr and in memory of Kalfr and Gerðarr and ... He alone owned all at first. These were their kinsmen. May God help their spirits. Véseti carved these runes."
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November 7, 2008

Angarns runestones

Some rune stones outside Angarns Kyrka.
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U204: "Alle lät resa denna sten efter Ulv, sin son. Fader till Frögärd i Väsby. Rätt är ristat"
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U203: "Björn och Vigunn läto resa stenen efter Sven, sin fosterson"
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U202: "Orökja och Igul läto resa stenen (efter) Torbjörn(?), sin fader."
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November 25, 2008

Sigtuna rune stones

In the churchyard by the Medieval Abbey in Sigtuna is a rune stone and a couple of fragments built into a small building.
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U380 & U381 - "Åsbjörn och kus lät...Gud hjälpe anden...efter Orm..."
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U379 - "The Frisian guild brothers let raise this stone after Torkel, thier guild brother. God help his spirit. Torbjörn cut."

November 27, 2008

Uppsala church rune stones

In the grounds of Uppsala Cathedral there are more runestones
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"Borga let ræisa stæin æftiR Stynbior[n] ... [Th]orkell let æftiR brodhur sinn."
"Borga had the stone raised in memory of Stynbjôrn ... Thorkell had (it raised) in memory of his brother."
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"ThoriR ok HrøRikR / HrødhingR / RydhingR ok Karl, thæiR br[ødhr] ..."
"Thórir and Hrœríkr / Hrœdhingr / Rydhingr and Karl, these brothers ..."
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November 30, 2008

Lunda Kyrka rune stone

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"Halvdan reste denna sten efter Ragnvald sin fader, och Dan sin broder, dugande män"
"Halvdan raised this stone for Ragnvald, his father, and Dan, his brother, ??? man"
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March 4, 2009

Edssjön runestone

By the church at Edssjön is a runestone.
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April 8, 2009

Hammersta runestone

Outside Hammersta slott are a couple of rune stones, one is a modern memorial stone in the style of the ancient stones.
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April 10, 2009

Ekeby runestone

Sö 250: ”Gynna reste denna sten efter Saxe, Halvdans son.”
"Gynna raised this stone after Saxe, Halvdans son".
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April 12, 2009

Nynäshamn runestone

Just outside the small harbour town of Nynäshamn, inconveniently located atop a bank by the main road to Stockholm, is an elaborate runestone.
(amateur translation)
"uikuir kiraistu stain iuk nunai skamunbanth rista stein stanta a auian uik firth ak raist a straintath haf a nuan thumakathu
irfirt uauth thu runar"
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April 14, 2009

Bröta Grödinge socken

Sö 292
"+ uihmar + (l)et + ra(i)-- + saen + þina + at + iaruta + mah + auk + felha + sin + auk + buþur + ka...a +"
"Vígmarr lét rei[sa] stein þenna at Jôrunda/Jôrund, mág ok félaga sinn ok bróður ..."
"Vígmarr had this stone raised in memory of Jôrundi/Jôrundr, his kinsman-by-marriage and partner and the brother ..."
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April 19, 2009

Sundby runestone

Upplands 19: "Frösten reste denna sten efter Hadske sin fader"
"Frösten raised this stone after Hadske, his father"
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April 23, 2009

Hovgården runestone

Within the ruins of Hovgården is a runestone, Upplands 11:
"Rað þu runaR. Rett let rista ToliR bryti i roði kunungi. ToliR ok Gylla letu ris[ta] ..., þaun hion æftiR [si]k(?) mærki ... Hakon bað rista."
"You read the runes! Right let cut them Tolir, bailiff in Roden, to the king. Tolir and Gylla let carve (these runes), this pair after themself as a memorial... Håkon bade carve."
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May 5, 2009

Gripsholms runestone

In the grounds of Gripsholms Slott are a pair of rune stones.
Sö 179: "× tula : lit : raisa : stain : þinsa| |at : sun : sin : haralt : bruþur : inkuars : þaiR furu : trikila : fiari : at : kuli : auk : a:ustarla| |ar:ni : kafu : tuu : sunar:la : a sirk:lan:ti"
"Tola let ræisa stæin þennsa at sun sinn Harald, broður Ingvars. ÞæiR foru drængila fiarri at gulli ok austarla ærni gafu, dou sunnarla a Særklandi"
"Tóla had this stone raised in memory of her son Haraldr, Ingvarr's brother. They travelled valiantly far for gold, and in the east gave (food) to the eagle. (They) died in the south in Serkland."
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Sö 178: "HælgulfR(?) ok ØyulfR þæiR letu ræisa stæina baða at broður sinn Kætilmund ok bro æftiR Somu, moður sina. En Bruni(?) hiogg, broðiR hennaR."
"Hälgulv och Öulv de lät resa båda stenarna efter sin broder Kätillmund och (gjorde) bro efter Soma sin moder. Och Brune (?), hennes broder, högg."
"Hälgulv and Öulv they had this stone raised in memory of their brother Kätillmund and built a bridge in memory of Soma their mother. But Brune carved the runes"
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June 1, 2009

Fällbro runestones

Part of the Runriket.
"The two runic rock carvings south of the creek show that todays road coincides largely with the ancient route, which during the Iron Age ran to the west of the Vallentuna lake. At that time, the road went between these two runic carvings.
100 metres northwards on the eastern side of the road, there is a runic stone which, like the two runic rocks, tells about the bridge-builders of the Viking Age. The watercourse which then crossed the route was considerably larger than the brook which we see today."
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Upplands 142: "Ingefast lät resa stenen och göra bron efter Jarlabanke sin fader och Joruns son, och Kettilö lät resa stenen efter sin man. Öpir ristade."
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Upplands 146: "Ingeborg lät hugga hällen och göra bron efter Holmsten, sin man, och efter Torsten, sin son"
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Upplands 145: "Torkel och Fulluge läto hugga denna häll och göra bron efter Sten, sin fader. Olev högg."
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June 2, 2009

Risbyle runestones

Part of the Runriket...there are two runestones at Risbyle.
"The two runic stones here at Risbyle were raised att the beginning of the 11th centure and they are among Upplands oldest. Here we meet the Skålhamra family, one of the powerful dynastics which lived in the district around lake Vallentuna during the Viking Age. The test on the stone nearest the Skålhamra road mentions Ulvkättil, Gye and Une who 'had this stone raise after Ulv their good father. He lived in Skålhamra'."
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Upplands 160
"ulfkitil * uk * kui uk + uni + þiR × litu * rhisa × stin þina * iftiR * ulf * faþur * sin * kuþan on * buki * i skul(o)bri * kuþ * ilbi * ons * at * uk * salu * uk * kusþ muþiR * li anum lus * uk baratis"
"Ulfkætill ok Gyi ok Uni/Unni þæiR letu ræisa stæin þenna æftiR Ulf, faður sinn goðan. Hann byggi i Skulhambri. Guð hialpi hans and ok salu ok Guðs moðiR, le hanum lius ok paradis."
"Ulfketill and Gýi and Uni/Unni, they had this stone raised in memory of Ulfr, their good father. He lived in Skolhamarr. May God and God's mother help his spirit and soul; grant him light and paradise."
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Upplands 161
"ulfR * iuk i barstam * iftiR * ulf * i skulobri * mak * sin * kuþan * ulfkil lit akua"
"UlfR hiogg i Baristam æftiR Ulf i Skulhambri, mag sinn goðan. Ulfkell let haggva."
"Ulfr of Báristaðir cut (the stone) in memory of Ulfr in Skolhamarr, his good kinsman-by-marriage. Ulfkell had (it) cut."

June 4, 2009

Gällsta runestones

Part of the Runriket
"In Gällsta, there are three rune stones that mention four generations of the same clan. There is a fourth stone as well, but it has no inscription, only a cross. One of the stones has been signed by Öpir, one of the most common rune carvers of the later 11th century. On another stone, you can clearly see the repair marks that were made after it had been cut in two in the 19th century to by used as gateposts at a nearby farm."
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Upplands 232:
"tosti ÷ uk ' sihus ' uk ' sihmar ' litu ' raisa ' sta-- * iftiR ÷ tuba ÷ faþur * sin"
"Tosti ok Sigfuss ok Sigmarr letu ræisa stæ[in] æftiR Tobba/Tubba, faður sinn."
"Tosti and Sigfúss and Sigmarr had the stone raised in memory of Tobbi/Tubbi, their father."
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Upplands 231:
"iþinui ' uk ' austain ' uk ' ulfr ' uk * ol(a)[fr * litu * raisa * s]tain * iftiR hal(f)tan faþur sin"
"Heðinvi ok Øystæinn ok UlfR ok OlafR letu ræisa stæin æftiR Halfdan, faður sinn."
"Heðinvé and Eysteinn and Ulfr and Ólafr had the stone raised in memory of Halfdan, their father."
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Upplands 229:
"halfntan ÷ auk ' tubi ÷ litu ' risa ' stin ' at ' huta ' faþur ' sin ' sun * þorbiarn ÷ ybir ÷ risti * ruan"
"Halfdan ok Tobbi/Tubbi letu ræisa stæin at Udda, faður sinn, sun ÞorbiarnaR. ØpiR risti runaR."
"Halfdan and Tobbi/Tubbi had the stone raised in memory of Oddi, their father, Þorbjôrn's son. Œpir carved the runes."
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June 9, 2009

Gullbron runestone

Upplands 239: "Inga had the stones cut ... ... husbandman ... ..."
Somehow I had missed this runestone over road from Upplands 236
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June 15, 2009

Dalby Church rune stone

Hidden in the walls of Dalby Church is a fragment of a rune stone.
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June 17, 2009

Västeråker rune stones

Outside the church at Västeråker are a couple of rune stones. Then a few more across the countryside nearby.
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Upplands 847:
"Åsger och Gislög lät resa denna sten efter sina två söner, Ådjärv och Slode. Åsmund högg rätta runor för den som skall tyda. Åsmund ... ristade."
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Upplands 846:
"Jovurfast, ...-fast, Vigunn, de lät [rista] dessa [runor] efter sin fader, Åse, Kättilbjörn, Ger, efter sin svärfar, ... efter sin man."
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June 19, 2009

Vik rune stones

On the road to the Vik estate are a few rune stones.
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June 20, 2009

Ballingsta runestone

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Upplands 855
"inki-... [a]uk : iuker [:] þau : litu : raisa * stain : þina : a[t] * ais[t *] sun * sin : ernfastr * auk * þaiR * (b)ryþr * raist[u] * at * bru... ..."
"Inge-... och Jogard de läto resa denna sten efter Est, sin son. Ärnfast och bröderna reste (den) efter sin broder."
"Ingi-... and Jógerðr, they had this stone raised in memory of Eistr, their son; Ernfastr and his brothers raised in memory of their brother."
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July 25, 2009

Skansen runestones

There are a number of runestones at Skansen.
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November 1, 2009

Some more Sigtuna runestones

There are some more runestones in Sigtuna.
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U389 "kilauh * auk * usi * þau * litu * raisa ... * þina * e-tR ----(a) sun arna."
"Gillaug and , they had this stone raised in memory of ... Árni's son."

February 8, 2010

Stäket runestone

On the island of Stäket is a runestone.
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U604: "huli * lit * stain * hkua * auk * þaiʀ * -... ... iftiʀ * krok * broþur sin * a-..."
"〈huli〉 lét stein hǫggva ok þeir ... ... eptir Krók, bróður sinn ... "
"〈huli〉 let stæin haggva ok þæiR ... ... æftiR Krok, broður sinn ... "
"and ..., they had the stone cut ... ... in memory of Krókr, their brother ... "

February 19, 2010

Sollentuna runestone

Beyond Sollentuna Galleria there is a modern rune stone.
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March 9, 2010

Brodds sten, Norrtälje

Brodds sten in Norrtälje was recorded in 1635 then lost in a basement near the river. It was reconstructed in 2003 by Kalle the runecarver.
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"x Urmi x auk x HulmuithR x auk
Hulmfastar x litu : raisa : stain :
aftiR x burut : fathur : sin : guthan"

"och det kan översättas till:
Orme och Holmvid och Holmfast läto
resa stenen efter Brodd, sin gode fader."

April 6, 2010

Sigtuna ruin runestones

Inside the ruins of St Pers church there is a rune stone.
U394:
"× þur[biurn] : [r]isþi : [s]tain : þansi : eftiR · esbiurn : bruþur : sin : þauR : iRu : suniR : tuR : uis · i - ... [n]s +"
"Þorbiorn ræisði stæin þennsi æftiR Æsbiorn, broður sinn. ÞæiR eRu syniR DyRvis(?) i ..."
"Torbjörn reste denna sten efter Äsbjörn, sin broder. De äro söner till Dyrver(?) i ..."
"Torbjörn raised this stone after Äsbjörn, his brother. They are sons of Dyrver(?) in ... "
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U390
"× sua[i] ... × auk × frau × tis + at × ulf × bona × sin × duþ × h ... ans +"
"Svæi[nn] ... ok Frøydis at Ulf, bon[d]a sinn. Guð h[ialpi and h]ans."
"Sven ... och Frödis efter Ulv, sin make. Gud hjälpe hans ande."
"Sven ... and Frödis after Ulv, her husband. God help his spirit."
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April 21, 2010

Strängnäs runestones

In the small town of Strängnäs is quite a collection of runestones.
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September 13, 2010

Edsviken runestone

And we found one final rune stone hidden in the corner of a housing/industrial development by a small mission building.
U131: "Tagn och Dan lat resa stenen eftern Torsten, sin fader, och Gunvar efter sin man"
Roughly: "Tagn and Dan raise this stone in memory of Torsten their father and Gunvar their mother"
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