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Vallgångsristning at Hästbergs klack from 1842.
Photographer placed a 1 krona coin for comparison in size

Fäbodristningar or vallgångsristningar are text, symbols, runes, figures, initials and similar that has been found in Sweden carved into mountains or tree branches in connection with herding of animals in the 1600s and forward, mainly left by youths that worked with the herding of the animals.[1][2]


In Dalarna, Sweden, a few hundred carvings of this sort have been found,[1] most of them in the Ore area (in Rättvik Municipality) of Dalarna.[3] The carvings were made with a knife and often followed the same pattern, initials, year, and often information about them (importantly the first or last day of the fäbodperiod).[2]

The carvings were often concentrated in certain locations and areas such as hills and close to the water as they were good places for herding in the north of Sweden.[1][2] One of these places are Hästbergs klack north of Ludvika.[4] At times, a review of the herding period such as "Good" or "Bad" were found. At one tree branch in Ore, Dalarna, three girls that herded left a carving saying "We feel good as hell". It was customary that women made carvings on trees, while men made them on stones.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d Fakta Scog: Vi har tre kor borta – gamla träd som historiska arkiv (Swedish)
  2. ^ a b c DT.se: Fler fäbodristningar funna (Swedish)
  3. ^ Allan Stenbomsgaten: Fotoalbum (Swedish)
  4. ^ a b Visf.com: Den gamla fäbodristningen (Swedish)