Adelsö Rune Stone
The Adelsö rune stone is one of three stamps issued in 2002 which
featured artifacts from the Birka archaeological site on the island of
Adelsö. This stamp, for the “economy letter rate,” was engraved by
The stone shows a large
dragon, around the outside edge of the stone interwoven with three
smaller ones, and an inscription, which reads: “Read the runes! Tolir,
Roden’s steward, had them properly carved for the King. Tolir and
Gylla, a married couple, had them carved as a memorial for themselves.
Håkan had it carved.”
Håkan, the king, may be
Håkan the Red, mentioned by Adam of Bremen. If that is so, the stone
can be dated to about 1080 A.D.