Jonas Lau Markussen

Runestone Sö 126

The carvings of the stone are in the runestone style Pr 3 (c. 1045-1075) pertaining to the early Urnes style.

The inscription is not signed.

The granite block is c. 2,4 m tall, 1,7 m wide and 0,7 m thick. The inscription is c. 1,80 m tall and 0,95 m wide.


Runic inscription

The first part of the rune text begins at the tail end of the animal to the left. The second part begins at the tail end of the animal to the right. The third part runs parallel to the ribbon body of the left animal and begins at the tail end.



[1] ᚼᚢ(ᛚ)(ᛘ)(ᚠ)ᚱᛁᚦ ᛫ ᛁᛚᛁᚾ–ᚱ ᛫ [ᚦ]ᛅᛦ ᛫ ᛚᛁᛏᚢ ᛫ ᚼᛅᚴᚢᛅ ᛫ ᛋᛏᛅᛁᚾ ᛫ ᛂᚠᛏᛁᛦ [2] ᛂᛋᚴᛁᛚ ᛫ ᚠᛅᚦᚢᚱ ᛫ ᛋᛁᚾ ᛫ ᚼᛅᚾ ᛫ ᛏᚱᛅᚢᚼ ᛫ ᚬᚱᚢᛋᛏᚢ ᛫ ᛁ ᛫ ᛅᚢᛋᛏᚱᚢᛁᚼᛁ [3] ᛅᚦᛅᛅ ᛫ ᚠᚢᛚᚴᛋ᛫ᚴᚱᛁᛘᛦ ᛫ ᚠᛅᛚᛅ ᛫ ᚬᚱᚦᛁ



hu(l)(m)(f)riþ * ilin–r * [þ]aʀ * litu * hakua * stain * eftiʀ eskil * faþur * sin * han * trauh * orustu * i * austru[i]hi aþaa * fulks*krimʀ * fala * orþi


Old Norse

Holmfriðr, 〈ilin–r〉, þaR letu haggva stæin æftiR Æskel, faður sinn.

Hann draug orrustu
i austrvegi,
aðan folksgrimR
falla orði.



Holmfríðr (and) , they had the stone cut in memory of Áskell, their father.

He engaged in battle
on the eastern route,
before the people’s commander
wrought his fall.



The last part of the text is half a stanza in ‘fornyrðislag’.



Fagerlöt, Södermanland, Sweden
Sö 126


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