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The Rune Stone Diaries

About the blog

This is an extension of my Runes'n'ruins-site. Here I will tell you a bit more about the rune stones and also give you their exact locations as .kmz-files, which you can open with Google Earth on your computer, pad or phone. I hope that you'll find it easy to navigate through. Enjoy!


Useful links Posted on Tue, March 05, 2013 12:34:46

I’ll make it easy for myself, and just give you the URL to a couple of good sites.

Wikipedia gives a good introduction :

Still Wikipedia – under “Further reading”, there’s “Die Goldbrakteaten der Völkerwanderungszeit. Ikonographischer Katalog.” There are detailed descriptions of them in German, but if you just want to see pictures of them you open “Band 1:3”, “Band 2:2” and “Band 3:2”. If you don’t want to study the files online, you’ll find a pdf-download pretty high up to the left.

I also gave the bracteates on my site a page of their own :

I’ll add more links later on, when I find them….

Digitized Swedish runic inscriptions

Useful links Posted on Tue, March 05, 2013 12:07:37

Swedish National Heritage Board has digitized old books with pictures of most of the Swedish rune stones (at least the ones that had been found until then).

Here’s the link to their link-page :

There are detailed descriptions of them in Swedish, but if you just want to see the pictures of the stones, you have to look for the .pdf’s that are filed under PLANSCHER. Do check it out, ’cause it’s a very good site.

Essential software

Useful links Posted on Mon, January 21, 2013 23:13:01

Here’s a programme that you have to have : Samnordisk Runtextdatabas. You’ll find it here : It’s for free, but it only works in Windows. I’ll show you how to switch it over to English and how to navigate in it.

Now it’s time to chose which province in Sweden / which country to take a closer look at.

You can see that the menus (Inscription, Edit, etc) are now in English. Pick one province. You’ll see below that I chose Uppland, which is where you’ll find most of the runic inscriptions in Sweden.

Under Format I chose Text format, and then selected from the row to the left and moved them to the right – then OK. Then you could get what the rune stone says rune by rune, translation into modern Swedish and to English, where you can find it, the dating, material, and other information also if you please.

Then I chose Carver under Selection….

…. and wrote Öpir, and chose a single inscription – then the rest of them….

When I took a closer look at U 687, I wanted to see where to find it on Google Earth. Just click on the map-icon (or press F6).

That’s how I found it :