Noleby Runestone

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The Noleby Runestone, which is also known as the Fyrunga Runestone or Vg 63 for its Rundata catalog listing, is a runestone in Proto-Norse which is engraved with the Elder Futhark. It was discovered in 1894 at the farm of Stora Noleby in Västergötland, Sweden.


The Noleby Runestone was dated by Sophus Bugge to about 600 AD, and cannot be dated any younger than about 450 AD due to its language and rune forms.[1] It is notable because of its inscription runo [...] raginakundo which means "runes of divine origin" and which also appears in the later Sparlösa Runestone and the eddic poem Hávamál.[2] This is of importance for the study of Norse mythology since it indicates that the expressions and the contents of the Poetic Edda are indeed of pre-historic Scandinavian origin.

The runic inscription consists of three lines of text between bands, with the second line considered untranslatable and often listed as being a "meaningless formula."[1] The Noleby is the only runestone in Scandinavia that uses the star rune form H-rune.png for the j sound, all other runestones in Scandinavia use it during the younger futhark period for either an a or h sound or for ornamentation.[3] The name Hakoþuz in the last line of the inscription is believed to mean "crooked one,"[4] although other interpretations have been suggested.[5]

The Noleby Runestone is now located in the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm.


Transcription of the runes into Latin letters[edit]

runo fahi raginakudo toj-a ¶ unaþou ÷ suhurah : susi(h)---tin ¶ hakuþo[6]

Transliteration into Proto Norse[edit]

Runo fahi raginakundo toj[e'k]a. ... Hakoþuz.[6]

Translation into English[edit]

I prepare the suitable divine rune ... for Hakoþuz.[6]


  1. ^ a b Antonsen, Elmer H. (2002). Runes and Germanic Linguistics. Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 180–183. ISBN 3-11-017462-6. 
  2. ^ Lindow, John (1985). "Mythology and Mythography". In Clover, Carol J.; John, Lindow. Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: a Critical Guide. University of Toronto Press. pp. 21–22. ISBN 0-8020-3823-9. 
  3. ^ Looijenga, Tineke (2003). Texts and Contexts of the Oldest Runic Inscriptions. Leiden: Brill. p. 143. ISBN 90-04-12396-2. 
  4. ^ Antonsen, Elmer H. (1988). "On the Mythological Interpretations of the Oldest Runic Inscriptions". In Jazayery, Mohammad Ali; Winter, Werner. Languages and Cultures: Studies in Honor of Edgar C. Polomé. Mouton de Gruyter. p. 47. ISBN 3-11-010204-8. 
  5. ^ Twelve interpretations of the Noleby runestone text.
  6. ^ a b c Project Samnordisk Runtextdatabas Svensk - Rundata.

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