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The Rune Stone Diaries

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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!

Along that old road (2)

Assorted Posted on Wed, January 02, 2013 21:32:10

Two of my friends, Rolf and Göran, were interested in doing a cultural trip along that old road, and one fine summer day in the year 2000 we were off.

Here they are admiring the rune stone in Nöre (Vg 174), with the following inscription :

Gamli(?)/Galmi(?) raised this stone in memory of Helgi, his son, who drowned.

They drank some beer and pondered about Helgis sad fate.

Then we continued to Åsarp, and the beautiful Olsbrostenen (Vg 181), which has a beautiful lion and a cross, and is surrounded by a serpent with this text in it : Gufi raised this stone in memory of Ólafr, his son, a very good valiant man. He was killed in Estonia. Hávarðr(?) cut the stone. “Poor Ólafr – let’s drink a toast for him”.

Then there is a photo of me, Peo the driver, outside Vårkumla church, posing with Vg 139.

…-gautr raised this stone in memory of Guðmundr, his father, Rugga’s(?) son, very good. Then we got hungry and drove to Falköping, which is the nearest town, and had a pizza and watched football on TV. I think that it was the World Championship – that was the end of the trip. A few hours later I drove back to where we had started. It was a good day….

Along an old road

Assorted Posted on Tue, January 01, 2013 23:00:21

My first internet-site on a historical topic was “Along an old road”. I just checked a back-up of it on a cd-rom, and there it says “You are visitor # since Jan 9, 2001”. I’m pretty sure that there was an earlier edition of it though, perhaps from 1999.

Never mind. That site deals with things to see along the old road from Ulricehamn to Husaby in Västergötland, Sweden. It’s a trip of about 100 kilometers, and on that way you’ll see rune stones, stone circles, passage graves and medieval churches.

Here’s the URL :

You can also download this small Google Earth-file, and zoom in/zoom out in that programme + click on the symbols to open an information-box, which also contain a link straight to the specific page on the site. Here it is :

That’s all for today.

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