Jonas Lau Markussen

Runestone Sö 34

The carvings of the stone are contemporary with the runestone style B-e-v (c. 1010-1050) pertaining to the Ringerike style.

 

Though this stone is not signed, it should probably be attributed to the runemaster Thórir, who signed the second and final part of the inscription on Sö 35.

 

The granite stone is c. 2,03 m tall, 1,42 m wide across the base and 1,00 m wide at the top of the decoration.

 

 

Runic inscription

The first part of the rune text runs in the main ribbon and begins just below the left side loop of the knot. The second part begins just above where the first part began in the same ribbon. The third part runs outside of the ribbon and begins at the bottom of the cross going upside-down to the left. It bends midways running upwards along the inside of the ribbon.

 

Runes

[1] ᛋᛏᚤᚱᛚᛅᚢᚵᛦ ᛫ ᛅᚢᚴ ᛫ ᚼᚢᛚᛘᛒᛦ ᛫ ᛋᛏᛅᛁᚾᛅ ᛫ ᚱᛅᛁᛋᛏᚢ ᛫ ᛅᛏ ᛫ ᛒᚱᚤᚦᚱ ᛫ ᛋᛁᚾᛅ ᛫ ᛒᚱᛅᚢᛏᚢ ᛫ ᚾᛂᛋᛏᛅ ᛫ ᚦᛅᛁᛦ ᛫ ᛂᚾᛏᛅᚦᚢᛋ ᛫ ᛁ ᛫ ᛅᛋᛏᚱᚢᛁᚴᛁ ᛫ ᚦᚢᚱᚴᛁᛚ ᛫ [2] ᛅᚢᚴ [3] ᛋᛏᚢᚱᛒᛁᛅᚱᚾ ᚦᛁᛅᚴᚾᛅᛦ ᛫ ᚴᚢᚦᛁᛦ

 

Transliteration

styrlaugʀ * auk * hulmbʀ * staina * raistu * at * bryþr * sina * brau(t)u * nesta * þaiʀ * entaþus * i * austruiki * þurkil * auk sturbiarn þiaknaʀ * kuþiʀ

 

Old Norse

StyrlaugR ok HolmbR
stæina ræistu
at brøðr sina,
brautu næsta.
ÞæiR ændaðus
i austrvegi,
Þorkell ok Styrbiorn,
þiagnaR goðiR.

 

English

Styrlaugr and Holmr
raised the stones,
in memory of their brothers,
next to the path.
They met their end
on the eastern route,
Thorkell and Styrbjǫrn,
good Thegns.

 

Notes

The runic text on the stone is the first part of two continuing on Sö 35.

 

The inscription is in the verse form fornyrðislag.

 

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Tjuvstigen, Södermanland, Sweden

Sö 34

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