Jonas Lau Markussen

Runestone U 153

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 stone is c. 2,60 m tall and 1,50 m wide.



Runic inscription

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



[ᛋ][(ᚢ)](ᛅ)ᛁ[ᚾ] × [(ᛅ)]ᚢᚴ × ᚢᛚᚠ[ᛦ ×] ᛚᛁᛏᚢ × ᚱᛅᛁᛋᛅ × ᛋᛏᛅᛁ[ᚾ](ᛅ) × ᛂ(ᚠ)ᛏᛁᛦ × ᚼᛚᚠᛏᛅᚾ ᛫ ᛅᚢᚴ ᛫ ᛂᚠᛏᛁᛦ × ᚴᚢᚾᛅᚱ × ᛒᚱᚤᚦᚱ × ᛋᛁᚾᛅ × ᚦᛅᛁᛦ ᛫ ᛅᚾᛏᛅᚦᚢᛋ × ᛅᚢᛋᛏ[ᚱ × ᛁ ᚴᚱᛁᚴᛁ](ᚢ)ᛘ



[S][(u)](a)i- × [(a)]uk × ulf- litu × raisa × stai-(a) × e(f)tiʀ × hlftan * auk * eftiʀ × kunar × bryþr × sina × þaiʀ * antaþus × aust[r × i krikij](u)m


Old Norse

[S]væi[nn] ok Ulf[R] letu ræisa stæi[n]a æftiR Halfdan ok æftiR Gunnar, brøðr sina. ÞæiR ændaðus aust[r i Grikki](u)m



Sveinn and Ulfr had the stones raised in memory of Halfdan and in memory of Gunnarr, their brothers. They met their end in the east in Greece.



The stones mentioned most likely refer to U 155 (as well as U 153).

The missing parts of the ornamentation have been reconstructed here based on typologically similar designs.




Lissby, Uppland, Sweden

U 153

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