Jonas Lau Markussen

Runestone U 544

The carvings of the stone are in the runestone style Pr 5 (c. 1100-1130) pertaining to the late Urnes style.

The inscription is signed by the runemaster Öpir.

The sandstone is c. 0,97 m tall and 0,53 m wide.


Runic inscription

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



ᚼᚢᛚᛏᚢᚱ ‘ ᛒᛅᚦ ‘ ᚤᛒᛁᛦ ᚱᛁᛋᛏᛅ ᚱᚢᚾᛅ ᚦᛁᛋᛅ



hultur ‘ baþ ‘ ybiʀ rista runa þisa


Old Norse

Holmdorr(?) bað ØpiR rista runaR þessaR.



Holmdórr(?) ordered Œpir to carve these runes.



It is unusual that the commissioner hasn’t raised the stone in memory of someone else. Though the runestone L 145 is similar in this respect.




Husby-Lyhundra, Uppland, Sweden

U 544

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