Driving through Hagby parish in Uppland on a tiny road Friday, I was lucky enough to cross the bridge at Focksta right at the moment when the afternoon sun hit this lovely runestone straight on. I didn’t even have to get out of the car to take the photograph.
Dating from the early 11th century, the stone is an unsigned work of Ã smund KÃ¥resson (U 875). It’s unusual in that it has a couple of Bronze Age cupmarks too. The inscription reads, “Tyrvi and IngegÃ¤rd and TjÃ¤lve had this stone erected after Kalv, Tyrvi’s husband. May God and God’s mother help his spirit.”
Note the cross and the prayer. Did you know that a huge majority of the runic inscriptions date from after the Christianisation of Scandinavia? The neo-Pagans should do their scrying in Roman capitals instead.