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New Runestone in Sweden

New Runestone in Sweden

Hej, Runatics, You may have already heard this fabulous news, but another, and heretofore unknown, runestone has been discovered in Sweden, and it has understandably made the Swedish news as the “find of the year!” Here is the story recently published on  the Svenska...

Verse on Runestones

Verse on Runestones

Viking Age runestones most often contain a memorial formula for deceased relatives, but did you know that some are formulated as poetry? Probably the most famous runestone with a poetic inscription is the Karlevi runestone (Öl 1) on the Swedish island of Öland....

Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer

Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer

Near Ramsund in the area around Eskiltuna in Södermanland, one can find a rather famous Swedish runic carving. This is the site of the Ramsund carving (Sö 101), which also happens to be one of the largest runic monuments. The carving is not a free-standing...

Fulbright Sweden Interrupted by COVID-19

Fulbright Sweden Interrupted by COVID-19

Of course, I was disappointed by the news, but, in spite of this, I am truly encouraged that my activities as a Fulbright Specialist, both fulfilled and planned, will lead to informative and inspiring runic learning opportunities for both children and...

Loraine Jensen named Fulbright Specialist

Loraine Jensen named Fulbright Specialist

AARS founder and President Loraine Jensen was named to a prestigious Fulbright Specialist appointment to pursue the study of runestones in Sweden during the Spring of 2020. Officed at Uppsala University, Loraine will conduct field studies, engage in research,...

U-Haul and the Kensington Rune Stone

U-Haul and the Kensington Rune Stone

Drive down just about any United States interstate and you are likely to see one of the 2,300 U-Haul 20-foot vans that have a Minnesota “SuperGraphic” highlighting a Viking ship. The display is to commemorate the Kensington Rune Stone in Alexandria, Minn., and joined...

Fulbright Sweden

Fulbright Sweden

It’s Sunday, March 1st and I just arrived in Uppsala, Sweden to begin my Fulbright Specialist assignment at Uppsala University.My project is titled: Viking Age Runic Studies: Education and Outreach. The project will provide opportunities for me to research how the...