Jonas Lau Markussen

The Drävle Stone U 1163

The carvings of the stone are in the runestone style Pr 2 (c. 1020-1050) pertaining to the late Ringerike style.


The inscription is not signed.


The granite stone is c. 1,83 m tall and 0,86 m wide.



Runic inscription

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



ᚢᛁᚦᛒᛁᚢᚱᚾ × ᚯᚴ ᛬ ᚴᛅᚱᛚᚢᚾᚴᚱ ᛬ ᚯᚴ × ᛂᚱᛁᚾᚴᛂᚱ ᛬ ᚯᚴ × ᚾᛅᛋ(ᛁ) × ᛚᛁᛏᚢ × ᚱᛁᛋᛅ × ᛋᛏᛁᛁ × ᚦᛁᚾᛅ × ᛂᚠᛏᛁᚱ × ᛂᚱᛁᛁᛒᛁᚢᚾ × ᚠ[ᛅᚦᚢ]ᚱ × ᛋᛁᚾ × ᛋᚾᛂᛚᛅᚾ



uiþbiurn × ok : karlunkr : ok × erinker : ok × nas(i) × litu × risa × stii × þina × eftir × eriibiun × f[aþu]r × sii × snelan


Old Norse

Viðbiorn ok KarlungR ok ÆringæiRR/Æringærðr ok Nasi/Næsi letu ræisa stæin þenna æftiR Ærinbiorn, faður sinn sniallan.



Viðbjǫrn and Karlungr and Eringeirr/Eringerðr and Nasi/Nesi had this stone raised in memory of Erinbjǫrn, their able father.



The decoration on the stone is one of several known Sigurd Carvings depicting scenes from the Saga of the Völsungs.


Sigurd is depicted at the top of the image stabbing the belly of the dragon with his sword. Below him are two human figures facing each other. To the left a man with a ring in his right hand and to the right a woman holding forth a drinking horn. One plausible interpretation is that the two figures depict the meeting of Sigurd and the valkyrie Brynhild/Sigrdrífa.




Drävle (now Göksbo), Uppland, Sweden

U 1163


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