Thursday, July 9, 2009

Traces from times past

This 1000-year old viking rune stone at Stenkvista church near Eskilstuna in Sweden says:
"Helge and Froger and Torgot raised rune-covered stones after Tjudmund, their father."
Most stones were positioned near traveling roads as memorial stones after relatives that passed away during their trips abroad. This stone still has the Thor's hammer on it, a symbol of the old norse religion, and it was carved at the time when the first Christian missionaries came to Sweden. The rock is granite, very common around here.

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