Flegehall is a rock that is located in the sea off the Blekinge coast. According to testimonies there existed until fairly recently a runic inscription on the Flegehall rock. As recently as in the beginning of the 19th century several runes are said to have been still fully visible on the rock. At that time a land-surveyor made a drawing of the inscription, as is shown above. That drawing today exists in the archives of Vitterhetsakademien in Stockholm. Accompanying the drawing is a note, which says: "Runes on Flegehall in Blekinge, where according to an old tradition a queen has stricken the rocks and lies buried." The queen mentioned in that note may very well be identical to the Semitic goddess Ishtar, who was known as the queen of heaven. This same queen has also most likely been associated with the Istaby stone


The Meaning of the Flegehall Inscription

From the land-surveyors drawing of the Flegehall inscription it is obvious that several runes had faded away through erosion already in the early 19th century. Nevertheless it is however possible to reconstruct the inscription with quite great certainty. After comparing the land-surveyor's drawing with other old Blekinge inscriptions and especially with the Istaby stone, one can conclude that it is very likely that the Flegehall inscription originally looked like the following:

 Transliterated this can be written as:

u-f t-i-k-u s-b-a w u-l-a f-a
h-s-þ w u-l-a f-z h-s-þ e-r-u w u-l-a f-i-z 

Please click on the words in the transliteration above in order to see a corresponding Hebrew or Aramaic word for each Runic word!

Just like all of the other known ancient runic inscriptions from Blekinge the Flegehall inscription can fairly easily be interpreted as a Semitic text whose language is closely related to Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic. We can thus write it by means of the Hebrew script in the following way:

The meaning of this is:

The full flight of his mud and strength cleaves.
Desire and strength separates. The desire of his nudity and strength separates.

For general information about the language of the ancient Blekinge inscriptions, please click here.


The Gematria of the Flegehall Inscription

The gematria of the reconstructed Flegehall inscription is summarised in the table below. For an explanation of the numerical values of the runes, please click here.

The main thing to notice in the gematria of the reconstructed Flegehall inscription is that the total gematrical sum of the whole inscription is divisible by seven. It is also interesting to note that both the gematrical sum and the number of runes in the first line of the reconstructed Flegehall inscription are divisible by 15 - the number of Ishtar.