The Stentoften Stone

The Stentoften stone, which today is located in the Church of St. Nicolai in Sölvesborg, has the world's longest known Old Futhark inscription. The stone was moved to the church in 1864 in an effort to neutralise its alleged magical powers. Like all other Old Futhark inscriptions the Stentoften inscription has until recently remained an enigma to all serious researchers.

As is evident for anyone who looks closely at the stone, several runes as well as several other inscribed signs on the stone have not been filled in properly by those who have tried to interpret the inscription earlier this century. A close examination of the inscription reveals that the actual runes on the stone are to be understood as is shown below.

For photos and animations that illustrate how the runes on the front of the stone are to be understood, please click here


The Meaning of the Stentoften Inscription

A close examination of the Stentoften inscription reveals that it is to be understood in the following way (with somewhat exaggerated distances between words):


Transliterated this can be written as:

n-i-u-h A-b o-r u m-k-A
n-i-u-h-a g-e s-t-A u m-k-A
h-A-þ-u w o-l-A f-k g-A-f j-A
h-A-r-A w o-l-A f-k m A-g-e A-j-u s-n-u h-w-e
h i-d e-k-r-u-n-o n-o-f e-l-A A-r-e-k-A h-e-d-e-r A-g-A-n o-r-o-n-o-k
h e-r-A m-A-l-A s-A-k-A-r A-g-e-u w e-l-A d-u-d s-A-þ-A e-t o-l-A b-A r-i u t-i-þ
A-r-u-A


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

Apparently the language of the Stentoften inscription is quite close to Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, and we can therefore easily write it by means of the Hebrew script:

The meaning of this is:

The delight of the father rises and strikes.
The proud delight declines and strikes.
Rejoice! And the power moves to and fro the highest place of Jah.
Burn (of desire)! And the power moves to and fro because of its devastatingly ruining flight.
The hand of our eradication of the height of El reaches the innermost part of the bowl/pelvis of your desire.
The complete nudity seeks his flash and El, the lover, moistens the power with water and mud of the
pudenda.


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


The Runes the Stentoften Inscription

Several runes in the Stentoften inscription have not been recognised properly previously. Thus it has been claimed that the last runes in the inscription are to be understood as s-A þ-A-t b-A-r-i-u-t-i-þ, while a close examination shows that the actual final words are s-A-þ-A e-t o-l-A b-A r-i u t-i-þ. The photo below shows in particular the sequence s-A-þ-A e-t o-l-A b-A. For an animation illustrating this, please click here.

 

It has been claimed that the last words in line five of the Stentoften inscription are h-e-d-e-r-A g-i-n-o-r-o-n-o-R. A close examination of the stone reveals however that the actual runes are h-e-d-e-r A-g-A-n o-r-o-n-o-k. The photo below shows in particular the word A-g-A-n. For an animation illustrating this, please click here.

 

It has been claimed that the first words in line five of the Stentoften inscription are h-i-d-e-R r-u-n-o-n-o f-e-l-A-h-e-k-A. A close examination of the stone reveals however that the actual words in the beginning of line five are h i-d e-k-r-u-n-o n-o-f e-l-A A-r-e-k-A. The photo below shows in particular the sequence e-l-A A-r-e-k-A. For an animation illustrating this, please click here.

 

It has been claimed that the last words in line four of the Stentoften inscription are m-A-g-i-u s-n-u-h-w-e. A close examination of the stone reveals however that the actual words in the last part of line four are m A-g-e A-j-u s-n-u h-w-e. The photo below shows in particular the sequence m A-g-e A-j-u. In the below photo can also be seen the last A rune in the third line. For an animation illustrating this, please click here.

 

It has been claimed that the words in the second line of the Stentoften inscription are n-i-u-h-a g-e-s-t-u-m-R. A close examination of the stone reveals however that the actual words in the second line are n-i-u-h-a g-e s-t-A u m-k-A. The photo below shows in particular the word s-t-A with the earlier ignored A rune. For an animation illustrating this, please click here

 

The middle of the Stentoften inscription which constitutes the seventh line has previously been totally ignored. A close examination of the stone reveals however that the actual words in the seventh line are A-r-u-A, which can be seen in the photo below. In the below photo can also be seen the last A runes in the first and second lines. For an animation illustrating this, please click here



The Incredible Gematria of the Stentoften Inscription

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

First note that there are seven lines in the inscription. Also note that the gematrical sums of each of the six main lines of the inscription are divisible by seven. The number of runes in those six lines is 140, i.e. 702. Furthermore the number of words in the first six lines of the inscription is equal to 49, i.e. 77. It is also very significant that the gematrical sum of the first four lines is divisible by 343, i.e. 777. Also note that the gematria of "e-l-A" is equal to 49, i.e. 77. Furthermore the 77th rune in the inscription, counting from the beginning coincides with the first rune in "e-l-A". Similarly the 77th rune counting from the beginning of line five coincides with the first rune in "A-r-u-A". The probability of all these occurrences to happen by mere coincidence is infinitesimally small.

Secondly note that the number of runes in the first line is twelve. This same number is also obtained by calculating the difference between the number of runes in lines three and four combined and in lines one and two combined. Likewise there are also twelve more runes in lines five and six combined than there are in lines one, two, three and four combined. Counting all of the runes in the inscription also yields a number that is divisible by twelve. More specifically that number is equal to 144, i.e. 1212.

Thirdly note that the total gematrical sum of the inscription is equal to 1644, which is also divisible by 12. It can be written as 12137.


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