A runestone to a museum about the Vikings requires
The ornamentation becomes a kind of collage with
inspiration from both Uppland and Sörmland and with a
dramatic motivation in the center. The runic inscription
is chosen and designed by Vikingaliv to remind us of our
time and our thoughts both now and for several thousand
in the future.
|A few hours after the pick-up at Adelsö, the 6-tonne
heavy stone is released in front of Viking life.
Carefully we make sure that the front of the runestone
is not displayed. On Saturday in five days (2 September
2017) there will be opening and unveiling.
|Very early in the morning, the crane car arrives at
Adelsö and pick up Vikingaliv´s runestone.
|Today I carve the last rune of Vikingaliv's
runestone. Next step is to color my work and then
transport it to Djurgården in Stockholm and raise it up
in front of the museum. At the inauguration September
2nd, I will be there and carve something extra on the
side of the rune stone.
|Watch video on the runestone when more than half of
the runes are done.
|The first word in the long runic inscription is
"Vikingaliv" (Viking life)
|"Vikingaliv lät resa denna st..." (Vikingaliv let
raise this st...)
- All ornamentation are carved
|All ornamentation are carved and in the center there
is a motive with two people dangling in the dragons'
claws. The motif is taken from an old runestone in
runestone U 629.
I chose to copy this detail to partly get answers to
what the motif represents and partly to give Vikingaliv
a historical link. The people in the dragon's claws may
well be part of a saga, a saga we either forgot or as a
modified form. Now that the motif appears in front of
Vikingaliv's museum, someone might be able to recognize
the story and give us an explanation of what the subject
|All ornaments are painted and most are carved. The
big snake in the center bends around the face like a
portal. On both sides there are dragons with their arms
stretched the center and holding something with their
|Now there are two snakes painted under the beard.
Picture 1 shows the head of the painted snake head,
picture 2 when the eyes are ready and picture 3 shows
the finished result with Unpainted carvings in backlight
|Sunset. The head of the big snake is chopped but not
the tails. The four arrows show what I have to do next
|The great dragon's shoulder, face and small dragon's
head is carved. The surface on the right side is a bit
uneven and harder to cut. Compare the stone's surface
between the first and last images.
|Now all four tails are carved and painted. What you
see in the picture is the middle of the runestone, at the
bottom. It is the glossy snake's tail that comes down
and finishes to the far right of the picture.
- Video clip!
|This video shows new details and unclear carving
|The big dragon's head and face are best seen in the
evening sun as shades form the carving. It is now that I
decide to paint the carving as the work is going on so
you can see what's happening.
Introduction video in Swedish.
|GRIMFROST created a video in English,
see it on their Facebook page here>
- Runestone substance are found
|A good rune substance is not any stone, it shall
have the right shape, the right surface and be of the
right granite, it will lack the element of iron and be
fine. After a long time, the subject is found in
Jehanders grustäckt Löten on Munsö, Ekerö.
|Close up on the stone surface, cleaned and still
wet. A granite with fine grains and weighing more than 6
- Meeting on Vikingaliv
|First meeting of future Vikingaliv and we discuss
and plan the runestone. I have a portable copy of the
runestone Sö Fv 1948; 289 from Aspa bridge in
Sörmland with me, which served as the test stone in
front of the future entrance. We find that the height is
good but that it could be a bit bigger.