Featured Photo: Swedish Rune Stone

Rune Stone Featured Photo

While in Stockholm I stopped off at Scansen, the world’s oldest open air museum. The museum serves to show what different parts of Sweden looked like over time.

Along with buildings there were several Rune Stone’s within the museum. The one above was one above was my favorites. Below is the writing from the accompanying sign post to explain it.

Rune stone from Uppland bearing the signature of Asmund Karesson who carved it. The inscription reads: “Bjorn Odulv, Gunnar, Holmdis erected this stone in memory of Ulv, Ginnlog’s husband. And Asmund carved it”.

The vikings used runes for their written alphabet. There are more than 2500 rune stones in Sweden. Most of them date from the 11th century towards the end of the Viking period.

Rune stones were erected as memorials to close relatives who had died in foreign lands to mark an important event.

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