August 23, 2008 § Leave a comment


Originally uploaded by prlwytskofski

The Simris Runestones are two 11th-century rune stones at the vicarage of Simris, near Simrishamn, in southeasternmost Scania, Sweden. They were rediscovered in the church wall during a restoration of the church. Although the territory was Danish when they were made, they show the Swedish style of Uppland.

This runestone is dated to the first half of the 11th century and it is style Fp and features text within a serpent with its head shown from overhead. It is made of sandstone and the runic inscription has long been considered to have been carved by a Swedish runemaster. It honours one of Canute the Great’s warriors. The two other names mentioned, Sigreifr and Forkunnr, are personal names familiar in Sweden but not in Denmark during the Middle Ages, supporting the attribution of Swedish influence.


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