Rydsgård Runestone

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Runestone
DR 277 - RYDSGÅRD.jpg
Name Rydsgård Runestone
Rundata ID DR 277
Country Sweden
Region Skåne
City/Village Rydsgård manor (Skurup)
Produced c. 900-1000 AD
Runemaster Unknown

Text - Native
Old Norse:See article
Text - English
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The Rydsgård Runestone, designated as DR 277 under Rundata, is located in the woods just outside the park at Rydsgård manor, which is near Skurup, Skåne, Sweden.

Description[edit]

The Rydsgård Runestone is classified as being carved in runestone style RAK. Similar to the Velanda Runestone, the inscription describes the deceased as being a good þegn, or thegn. The exact role of thegns in southern Sweden is a matter of debate, but the most common view is that these persons constituted a Nordic elite somehow connected to Danish power. It is thought that thegn-stones point to areas where they came from. From such power centres they could be sent forth to rule border areas in so-called tegnebyar.[1]

Inscription[edit]

Transliteration into Latin characters[edit]

× kata × karþi × kuml × þausi × iftiR × suin × baluks ¶ sun × bunta × sin × saR × uas × þiakna × furstr[2]

Transcription into Old Norse[edit]

Káta gerði kuml þessi eptir Svein Bôllungs son, bónda sinn. Sá var þegna fyrstr.[2]

Translation in English[edit]

Káta made this monument in memory of Sveinn Bôllungr's son, her husbandman. He was first among þegns.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Löfving, Carl (2001). Gothia som Dansk/Engelskt Skattland: Ett Exempel på Heterarki Omkring år 1000 (doctoral dissertation). Göteborg.
  2. ^ a b c Project Samnordisk Runtextdatabas Svensk - Rundata.