I Passed a Rune Stone

Yes. Every day since I moved to the farm on an island in Sweden, I have passed by a rune stone without noticing. How awful is that? My penance? That I admit the error of my observation skills to you and share the photos.

Rune Stone U19 on Ekerö at Nyckelby

Coordinates N 59° 17′ 16,74″, E 17° 42′ 54,20″

Rune stone U19 classified as  iron age and from between 500 and 1050. The runic inscription approximately says "Frösten raised this stone for Hadske, his father." Found 1868.

Rune stone U19 classified as iron age and from between 500 and 1050. The runic inscription approximately says “Frösten raised this stone for Hadske, his father.”
Found 1868.

In Swedish of course, but maybe you are of Viking descent and can read it?

In Swedish of course, but maybe you are of Viking descent and can read it?

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Rune Stone U15 at Ekerö Kyrka (Church)

Ekerö rune stone and church location

Ekerö rune stone and church location

Not far from Stavsund (rune stone U18) and rune stone U19 at Nyckelby, is a Ekerö Kyrka, or church, a well-known landmark. And thanks to the Swedish National Heritage Board database, I discovered the location for another rune stone and various fragments of rune stones.

Ekerö kyrka

I searched high and low and front and back for the rune stone

I searched high and low and front and back for the rune stone

Lots of headstones but all much younger than rune stone U15

Lots of headstones but all much younger than rune stone U15

Ah ha! Inside the church..this rune stone is U15 and it is confirmed that it was moved here

Ah ha! Inside the church..this rune stone is U15 and it is confirmed that it was moved here

Rune stone U15

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3 thoughts on “I Passed a Rune Stone

  1. I must have glanced at this post title 10 or 15 times today in the RSS feed widget I have for Journey of Mixed Emotions on my website, but for some reason it just hit me… OMG!… “I Passed a Rune Stone” lol (what’s wrong with me?) 😀

  2. Lovely to see those rune stones. We have them in Fredrikstad where I come from too, the Ancient road, Oldtidsveien. Nice photos!
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Greetings from the Rhine Valley
    Dina

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