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700 AD, 800 AD, Viking Age, Sweden, Gotland

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Tjängvide I (G 110) dates from c.700-800 AD and is now on display at Statens historiska museum in Stockholm. It is one of several Gotlandic picture stones with similar motifs; a ship under sail below and a scene that appears to be a welcome to Valhalla above. In the upper scene, a man rides the eight-legged horse Sleipnir. A woman appears to be offering him a horn to drink, while figures fight in the background, in front of a hall that may be Valhalla. An alternative interpretation is that it is Sigurd riding his horse Grani, itself an offspring of Sleipnir, and being greeted by Brynhildr or Grímhildr. The story of the Volsungs was very popular in Scandinavia in the Viking Age and features on other picture stones and runestones.

There are two bands of runes on this stone. One on the left of the upper image is a rune row. The other, on the right side of the ship image reads:

  • B ... (r)aisti stainin aft iurulf bruþur sin ÷ sikuif(i)r(t)(u)(a)(n)k(i)sifil
  • B ... raised the stone in memory of Hjôrulfr/Jórulfr, his brother ...

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English, Old Norse

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(c) Berig (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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