Snoldelev Stone

‘Gunnvalds stæinn, sunar Hróalds, þular á Salhaugum.’
‘Stone of Gunnvald, son of Hróald, the “Thyle” of Salhaug.’

The Snoldelev Runestone (DR 248) is perhaps most notable for the appearance of three interlocking drinking horns, which have been interpreted as a representation of Óđrerir, and taken up as an Odinic symbol by modern Pagans. There is also a swastika above the interlocking horns, as well as a faded sun-wheel (not easily visible in the photo) that pre-dates the rest of the inscription. The deceased, Gunnvald, is said to be a ‘þulr,’ an old Germanic title derived from the verb ‘þylja,’ meaning ‘to recite.’ It has a cognate in Old English ‘þyle,’ used in Béowulf as the title of Unferđ, a member of Hróđgár’s court. The position appears to have been that of a lore-keeper.

The Salhaug mentioned on the stone has been interpreted as Salløv, a village a kilometre from Snoldelev.

Photo: Runestone from Snoldelev, East Zealand, Denmark by Wikimedia User:Bloodofox, CC BY-SA 3.0 / Link

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