The Simris Runestones


The Simris Runestones are two 11th-century rune stones located in the village of Simris, in southeasternmost Scania. They were rediscovered in a church wall in 1716 during a restoration of the church. Although the territory was Danish at the time, they were carved on sandstone in the Urne style, typical of the area around Birka, another famous viking settlement that was situated approx. 600km/372mi further to the north.

Left stone:
× sigrif¶r : let * resa * sten : þensa : aiftiR * forkun : if–r * faþur : osulfs : triks : knus ¶ * hilbi : kuþ : on : hans

Sigreifr lét reisa stein þenna eptir Forkunn “if–r”,/ep[ti]r fôður Ásulfs, drengs Knúts. Hjalpi Guð ônd hans.

Sigreifr had this stone raised after Forkunn .. Åsulfs father, Knuts valiant man. God help his soul.

This stone is believed to honor one of Canute the Great’s warriors. Canute was king in Denmark from 1018 to 1035.

Right stone:
biarngaiR × lit (*) raisa * stain * þina * eftiR * rafn * broþur * sin * su(i)n * kun(u)–s * a suiþiuþu

Bjôrngeirr lét reisa stein þenna eptir Hrafn, bróður sinn, svein Gunnu[lf]s á Svíþjóðu.
Björngeir had this stone raised after Ravn his brother, who served Gunnulv in Svitjod (Sweden).

This runestone is one of the earliest native Scandinavian documents that mention Sweden.


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