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Friday, 1 February 2013

Food for the Eagle: Runic Stone, Gripsholm, Sweden

On the Gripsholm Stone

"They fared like men
far after gold
and in the east
gave the eagle food.
They died southward
in Serkland"

In memory of Harald, a member of  (his brother) Ingvar's unsuccessful Viking expedition.
"Give the eagle food" means to kill enemies, according to Sven Jansson, "Runes in Sweden" (1987)

Pictures of Swedish runic inscriptions

Tjelmar's ship grave, Gotland

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