Day 2 - Sigtuna

U 654 - Varpsund

Jun 6, 2021

Standing three meters tall on top of a small hill next to the road on a peninsula, this runestone would have been visible by anyone travelling by land or water.

The runestone was raised in memory of the same man as on U 644 which stands a few kilometers to the south. It is believed to have been carved by Alrik, although the last rune of the carver’s name has disapeeared.


ᛅ–ᛁᛏᚱ ᛬ ᛅᚢᚴ ᛫ ᚴᛁᛏᛁ ᛬ ᛅᚢᚴ ᛬ -ᛚᛁᛋᛁ ᛬ ᛅᚢᚴ ᛫ ᛏᛁᛅᚱᚠᚱ ᛬ ᚱᛁᛋᛏᚢ ᛬ ᛋᛏᛅᛁᚾ ᛬ ᚦᚨᚾᛅ ᛬ ᛅᚠᛏᛁᚱ ᛬ ᚴᚢᚾᛚᛅᛁᚠ ᛬ ᚠᚮᚦᚢᚱ ᛋᛁᚾ ᛁᛋ ᚢᛅᛋ ᚾᚢᛋᛏᚱ ᛫ ᛘᛁᚦ ᛁᚴᚢᛅᚱᛁ ᛬ ᛏᚱᛁᛒᛁᚾ ᚴᚢᚦ ᛬ ᚼᛁᛅᛚᛒᛁ ᛬ ᚮᛏ ᚦᛅᛁᚱᛅ ᛅᛚ-ᛁᚴᚱᛚ ᛚᚱᛅᛁᛋᛏᛁᚴ ᛫ ᚱᚢᚾᛅᚱ ᛁᛋ ᚴᚢᚾᛁ ᛭ ᚢᛅᛚ ᛫ ᚴᚾᛅᚱᛁ ᛋᛏᚢᚱᛅ


“Andvätt and Kår and kiti and Bläse and Djärv raised this stone in memory of Gunnlev, their father, who was killed in the east with Ingvar. May God help their spirits. I, Alrik, carved the runes. He could steer a ship well.”