- ($30 US)
Danish Rune Stone Replica
Stone cast tablet, 130 x 80 mm (5 x 3"), 10 mm thick, 160 gms.
(with back label and parchment description)
Scaled down reproduction of the Asferg Runestone found in Asferg, eastern Jutland, in Denmark and kept in the National Museum of Copenhagen. The stone displays an old Viking inscription written in "Elder Futhark," the original runic alphabet of twenty four characters.
Runic inscriptions appeared in the northern Germanic countries around 200 BC. Although commonly thought to be derived from Etruscan and Latin, it bears striking resemblance to Sabaean, the south Arabian language of ancient Saba or Yemen, land of the biblical Queen of Sheba. Runic also employs the same "boustrophodon" style as Sabaean. Instead of left-to-right, the text alternates direction back and forth like a farmer plowing a field.
According to the Eddas, the poetic saga of the Norse Gods, the Runic alphabet was a gift from Odin. The word rune means "secret wisdom." Indeed, it was very much the exclusive domain of shamans and priestesses. In Medieval Scandinavia, the ancient Rune Stones which haunt the countryside were stark memorials to the glory days of the old Nordic Vikings and carried the superstitious aura of a sacred alphabet divined by Odin himself.
The inscription reads :
"The son of Porgeirr Toki raised this stone in memory of Muli, his brother, a very good man."
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