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Min presentation gäller bildinnehållet på U 448, Harg i Odensala socken, Uppland, som består av en påfågel och en ryttare. Inskriften är en ren minnestext och har inte något explicit kristet element. Stenen har heller inte något kors. Jag kommer att behandla både fågeln och ryttarfiguren och jämföra med andra avbildningar, såväl på runstenar som […]

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The durability and longevity of the material of the Scandinavian runic memorial stones were considered important aspects of the monuments, as is occasionally attested in the inscription. Together with their size and weight, this can create the impression of static monuments. At the same time we know, however, that individual monuments were adapted and transformed, […]

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The inscription alu, found on bracteates as well as other objects including the Elgesem stone (KJ 57), has been examined repeatedly, with interpretations as diverse as “magic,” “ale,” “hale,” and “protection.” Nearly all of the analyses of alu have begun from the assumption that the use of bracteates was sacral and thus the meaning of […]

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