The Järsberg Stone The Järsberg stone stands in southeast Värmland, not far from Kristinehamn.

The Meaning of the Järsberg Inscription

The runes of the Järsberg inscription are: Transliterated this can be written as:

t-i-a-h e-k-e-r-i l-a-k
r-u-n o-z w a-r-i-t-a
u b-a-k h-i-t-e
h-a-r-a b-a-n-k-a

This text is close to the Blekinge inscriptions in language. Thus its language is quite closely related to Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic. We can therefore even write it by means of the Hebrew script: The meaning of this is:

The mud of my moist field,
rejoicing of the strength and the pudenda,
and the living drops.

The Gematria of the Järsberg Inscription

The following sums are obtained by summing up the gematrical values of the runes in the Järsberg inscription:

Row 1: 16 + 10 + 3 + 8 + 18 + 5 + 18 + 4 + 10 + 20 + 3 + 5 = 120.

Row 2: 4 + 1 + 9 + 22 + 14 + 7 + 3 + 4 + 10 + 16 = 90.

Row 3: 1 + 17 + 3 + 5 + 8 + 10 + 16 + 18 = 78.

Row 4: 8 + 3 + 4 + 3 + 17 + 3 + 9 + 5 + 3 = 55.

In total we therefore have 120 + 90 + 78 + 55 = 343, which also can be written as 7×7×7. Thus we have again a gematrical sum which is divisible by seven. But not only that: It is divisible by seven three times!

Please note that the Odal rune has the value 22 instead of 23 in the Järsberg inscription. This is consistent with alternative renderings of the futhark. For an explanation of the numerical values of the runes, please click here.