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A fake runestone

This runestone was found in 1990 on Ringåsen – ‘Ring Ridge’ – in Ringerike. The inscription is written in older runes and the front side reads: hringur sigersel drott, or ‘Ring victorious king’. According to tradition, the province of Ringerike was named after a King Hringr who lived in the 700s.

The runes were chiseled on the stone quite recently, and the inscription is clearly a fake. Several linguistic forms are incorrect. The ending written -r for the subject form of the name is for instance a mistake for -R. Most revealing, however, is the word ‘drott’. This is a word from Norwegian folk songs and folk tales which was created based on a misunderstanding of an old-fashioned word. It does not occur in writing before the 1800s.

The stone is privately owned.

Bildet kan inneholde: rektangel, parallell, betong.

Photo: Mårten Teigen © Museum of Cultural History

Published Dec. 18, 2020 8:52 AM - Last modified Mar. 8, 2021 9:12 AM