Runestones

The Vikings left many stones carved with runes.  These stones tell the myths of the Vikings, mention historical events, or were often created in the memory of someone. 

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Historical Notes

The runestones are one of the few existing examples of Viking writing.  The stones are often very large rocks carved with runes and sometimes pictures.  The Futhark, or runic alphabet was used.  Often they were commissioned by a person to commemorate someone who had died.  Stones would be signed by the rune carver.  There are over 2500 runestones in Sweden alone.