Jonas Lau Markussen

Runestone Sö 92

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

 

The inscription is signed by the runemaster Balli.

 

The sandstone slab is c. 1,64 m tall and 0,66 m wide at the base, and 0,52 cm wide at the top across the loop.

 

 

Runic inscription

The rune text begins at the head/tail end of the animal.

 

Runes

… ᛫ ᛚᛁᛏ ᛫ ᚱᛅᛁᛋᛅ ᛫ ᛋᛏ… … ᚱᚤᛋᚢ ᛫ ᛒᚱ(ᛓ)… ᛫ ᛋᛁᚾ ᛫ ᚼᛅ… … ᛅᚢᛋᛏᚱ ᛫ ᛒᛅᛚᛁ ᛫ …

 

Transliteration

… * lit * raisa * st… … rysu * br(o)… * sin * ha… … austr * bali * …

 

Old Norse

… let ræisa st[æin] … Rysiu(?), bro[ður] sinn. Ha[nn] … austr. Balli …

 

English

… had the stone raised … Rysja(?), his brother. He … east. Balli …

 

Notes

The reconstruction of the head of the largest animal has been modelled on animal heads on other stones carved by Balli.

The original inscription would most likely have been something in the vein of “[Name X] had the stone raised in memory of [Name Y], his brother. He died in/travelled to the east. Balli carved these runes.”

 

 

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Husby, Södermanland, Sweden

Sö 92

 

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