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    Runestone from the 400's found in Norway

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    New runestone found in Ųverby, Rakkestad, Norway. Dated to be from the 400's.
    In comparison, the oldest Danish rune-stone is from the 750's.


    Inscription says "Lu irilaR raskaR runoR", which might mean "Carve runes, skilled rune-master!"


    It is possible this was a title for a person similar to the later earls, who knew runes especially well. People who master words have always been important tp people in charge.


    - It is written in a very old language, urnordic. Even people in the Middle Ages would have trouble understanding it.


    But even non-specialists can read something on the stone with the naked eye. It is very poorly preserved, because in addition to the fact that wind and weather have been exposed to a little of each through all these years:


    The stone was originally set as a monument by a tomb at the "Sparreåsen".


    In 1905 it became part of the entrance to the house of a local farmer. It served as a staircase for years.



    Norwegian source
    Google translate

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    An excellent find, thanks for sharing that. Proto-Norse inscription using the Elder Futhark.
    More information on this link from Grimfrost: https://grimfrost.com/blogs/blog/sen...une-stone-find

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    Apparently nothing real of interest to read .

    No real message , except probably the outlook for the usefulness of scripture .

    The message itself appears "childish" , I personally would be more interested in the metal tools used to engrave the runes .


    When it would be correct , that the runes could be meant to be read from the right to the left ,
    then one could translate using the German language :

    Ronur = Name of a Person, Location

    Raksar = ritzen, rasch; scratch, hurry

    Raliri = Rille, Rillen; groove , grooves, slot

    Ul = ud, ut, aus; out


    As "Ronald scratched / hurringly grooves out" [of this stone] .


    It appears to be more like a graphitti , to me .

    The runes are small in size , so likely not meant to be read from some distance ,
    as probably could have been used to teach at least the reading of runes, staffs .
    Mk 10:18 What do you call me a good master, no-one is good .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe Jens Lornsen View Post
    When it would be correct , that the runes could be meant to be read from the right to the left ,
    There are examples of inscriptions of the Elder Futhark written from right-to-left, but then the runes themselves are "mirrored" in the same direction, so it is obvious in what sequence to read them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe Jens Lornsen View Post
    It appears to be more like a graphitti , to me .
    A fair analogy, and yet this is the case with most Elder Futhark inscriptions. It is mostly just a whole lot of 'I wrote this', and, 'this stone was raised by ..., son of ...', and so on. I find it a bit odd that they were so caught up on this, and seldom write anything of a more intellectual or religious/cultic nature. Still, it serves as a proof of how much value they put in having their name and reputation live on after they were gone. They were fully aware of the longevity of their stone inscriptions, and that they would be readable for thousands upon thousands of years into the future. And yet, the message the wanted to convey to their far distant descendants was simply their name. There's something beautiful and romantic about that.
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