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Dragon heads on the bow of the viking ships were supposed to protect against the evil spirits of the sea. Whatever, it's art.

Viking rune stone, Upplands, Sweden - ca. 11th century. Rune stones began as a Christian tradition among Danish vikings, but spread and intensified in fashion in Sweden.

Viking rune stone, Uppland, Sweden - ca. Rune stones began as a Christian tradition among Danish vikings, but spread and intensified in fashion in Sweden.

“Wounded I hung on a wind-swept gallows For nine long nights, Pierced by a spear, pledged to Odhinn, Offered, myself to myself The wisest know not from whence spring The roots of that ancient rood. They gave me no bread, They gave me no mead, I looked down; with a loud cry I took up runes; from that tree I fell.”

“Wounded I hung on a wind-swept gallows For nine long nights, Pierced by a spear, pledged to Odhinn, Offered, myself to myself The wisest know not from whence spring The roots of that ancient rood. They gave me no bread, They gave me no mead, I looked down; with a loud cry I took up runes; from that tree I fell.”

The Stallarholmen vikings raised the stone to be a link from the past to the future

The Stallarholmen vikings raised the stone to be a link from the past to the future

Gyda lät resa stenen efter Tordjärv, sin man, Gudlögs son, och han bodde i Härvesta. Balle ristade stenen/Gyda erected stone after Tor Bold , her husband , godless son, and he lived in Härvesta . Balle carved stone. Uppland Sweden

"Gyda had the stone risen after Tordjärv, her husband, the son of Gudlög, and he lived in Härvesta . Balle carved the stone". Rune stone in Uppland, Sweden.

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Rune stone in Sorunda, Sweden. The inscription says: "Björn and Vibjörn and Ramne and Kättilbjörn raised the stone in memory of Gerbjörn, their father".

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