The Sölvesborg Stone  



The Sölvesborg stone today stands outside the church of St. Nicolai in the small town of Sölvesborg. The stone has been present in that town since time immemorial.


The Meaning of the Sölvesborg Inscription

Although the top of it has been heavily damaged it is possible to see that the Sölvesborg inscription is to be understood in the following way:

Transliterated this can be written as:

a-s-m-u-t s-u-n u s-i-A
u u-t r-b-A-þ f-A

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 Sölvesborg 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 power of the nourished one and the height,
and the satisfaction of plenty cleaves.

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


The Gematria of the Sölvesborg Inscription

The gematria of the Sölvesborg 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 Sölvesborg inscription is that both the total gematrical sum of the whole inscription and the total number of runes are divisible by seven. It is also interesting to note that both of the gematrical sums of the two lines are divisible by 29.