Uppland Rune Inscription 861
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Norsta Runestone
U 861, Norsta.jpg
Created11th century
DiscoveredNorsta, Uppland, Uppland, Sweden
Rundata IDU 861
Text - Native
Old Norse : See article
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The Norsta runestone is an 11th-century runestone inscribed in Old Norse with the Younger Futhark that stands near Wik Castle outside Uppsala, Sweden. It is notable because of the mention of two people named "maiden" and Sweyn. The form møy which appears on this runestone is the accusative form of Old East Norse m which meant "maiden" and this is the only attestation of this word as the name of a girl, in Old Norse, besides a mention in the Hervarar saga, where a Mær ("maiden" in Old West Norse) married the Swedish king Inge I. Her brother was Blot-Sweyn, who succeeded Inge. As the runestone is from about the same time as Blot-Sweyn, it is likely that the Sweyn mentioned in the runestone is the same as the Swedish king Blot-Sweyn.


sihikþurn ' ... [risa * stin] ' uk ' bru ' kera : at : aterf : sun : uk ' a(t) ' mai : tutor : sin : eþorn : uk : suen : uk ' (u)ikþu-... ' sikb--... ...(?) ' isi

Transcription into Old Norse

Sigþorn ... ræisa stæin ok bro gærva at Adiarf, sun, ok at Møy, dottur sina, Æiþorn ok Svæinn ok Vigþo[rn] ... ... <isi>

Translation in English

Sigþorn ... the stone raised and the bridge made in memory of Ádjarfr, (his) son, and in memory of Mey, his daughter; Eiþorn and Sveinn and Vígþorn ..



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