Tuesday, October 01, 2013

A runic inscription

Viking Age Runestone
A few people think they see a face when they look at this. This is a detailed look at a part of the Sö262 runestone at Årsta castle. It dates back one Millennium, or to the Viking Era. The stone was found at the Blista Bay not far from it's current position, and it was moved here and assembled in 1885. One piece of the stone is missing, but the inscription reads:"suain × lit × risa × stin ...... faþur × sin × kuþan × auk × iftiR × kuþfar. Translation by my friend Jim. In English it says, Sven had the stone raised after his good father and Gudvar (his mother). If you want to see a zoomed out photo, press here. Theme Day for October is Details.

12 comments:

Jim said...

Great details with this close up.

Linda said...

I see a face in profile! But then, our brains are wired to look for faces.

Bob Crowe said...

Sure, I can see a face looking right. It's hard to feel a connection with such ancient people.

Hilda said...

The shape does suggest a face, but since it's broken, that couldn't have been meant.

The age of the stone is just amazing, but the meaning of the inscription made me smile because it's not much different from our own memorials.

Luis Gomez said...

This is so cool!

Olivier said...

beau detail qui fait un peu incas

Lowell said...

Fascinating stuff. But it does look like a face! :)

Daryl said...

good choice

Virginia said...

Perfect choice for our theme.
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RedPat said...

These are always so intriguing! Good one.

Barbara Farr said...

Cool and interesting. I see a face too!

Leovi said...

Very cute detail, nice photo!