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Name Kingittorsuaq Runestone
Rundata ID GR 1 M
Country Greenland
Region Sermersooq
City/Village Nuuk
Produced Middle Ages
Runemaster Unknown

Text - Native
Erlingr Sighvats sonr ok Bjarni Þórðar sonr ok Eindriði Odds sonr laugardagin fyrir gagndag hlóðu varða þe[ssa] ok ... ...
Text - English
Erling Sigvatsson, Bjarne Thordarson and Enride Oddson Saturday before gangdag (April 25th) made these stone cairns
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Runestones - Runic alphabet
Runology - Runestone styles

The Kingittorsuaq Runestone (old spelling: Kingigtorssuaq), listed as GR 1 in the Rundata catalog, is a runestone that was found on Kingittorsuaq Island, an island in the Upernavik Archipelago in northwestern Greenland.



The Kingittorsuaq Runestone was found in 1824 in a group of three cairns that formed an equilateral triangle on top of the mountain on a small Kingittorsuaq Island in the south-central part of the Upernavik Archipelago. The stone is now located at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen.

The stone has been dated to the Middle Ages. The Catholic Encyclopedia states the date as April 25, 1135. William Thalbitzer dates the stone to 1314 using pentadic numerals. Others have dated the stone between 1250 and 1333.[1]

The last part of the runic inscription is not transcribed as it apparently is a group of meaningless characters, which some believe contains a secret message.[1]

Transliteration of runic text into Latin letters

÷ el=likr * sikuaþs : so=n:r * ok * baan=ne : torta=r son : ¶ ÷ ok enriþi * os son : laukardak*in : fyrir * gakndag ¶ hloþu * ua=rda te * ok rydu : ??????[2]

literal translation to old norse

Erlingur Sigvaðs sonur og baarne Þorðarson og enriði ás son , laugardagin fyrir gakndag hloðu varða thessa og ryðu..

literal translation to english

Erlingur the son of Sigvaths and baarne thordarsson and Enriði Ás son, washingday (saturday) before the day of work, raised this mound and rode...


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