Runestone Pelican scroll. 

A Pelican scroll based on 10th-11th c.   runestones from Sweden.

Ink and gouache on Bristol.
The text is written in Swedish runes ca 1000, and is inspired by drottkvætt, Norse skaldic verse. I believe I’ve gotten closer to the form this time.

‘This stone was raised at Egils 43.

Dwarf named was Sir Durin

Deep thinking, kind leader.

Tjorkills kin, thane times four

Tree of battle stands fast.

Always Summits servant

Seeks secret mighty deeds.

But now all know, all see

Even kings sing of his works.

Swan of thorn’s sweat tells of

Thingsteads keeper, Egils ward.

Horns raised honor hall host,

Holmgang’s master, kings voice.
Styrkarr King, gold giver

Grants an honor long earned.

Stjarna Queen, dread dancer,

Deems Durin Pelican indeed.

Ceridwen asked it and Marya carved it. May 27th Anno Societatis 52, In Durins lands of Adiantum. Let all know, to the ends of the bright kingdom of An Tir. ‘

My design was loosely based on several runestones, mostly from Uppsala and Öland, Sweden.

These all have animate knotwork inside a runic border. I formed my knotwork into the form of a pelican. Wings are seen on the Skanela stone.

The text is rather longer than common, though the Karlevi stone does include a stanza of drokktvaett. To accommodate the text I placed runes along the entire length of the knotwork.

Skanela runestone. Source:
Vårdsätra runestone. Source:

Sandby church yard, ÖL 26. Source:
Sandby churchyard. ÖL 27. Source:


I first drew my design on the Bristol,  taping it down for the faux stone wash and spatter.

Outlines done. And a blotch or two.

Runes in progress.

Done with runes. ‘Stone’ looks a little flat still.

Blotches fixed and a bit more background texture.

Sealed, after the ceremony.  Note that TRM signed in runes.


Arild Hauge’s Runes and Vikingpage. Web. <;

Drttkvtt. Web. <;

“Karlevi Runestone.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Web.<;

“Runes and Writing.” Viking Answer Lady Webpage – Runes and Writing. Web. <;

“Runestone: Öl 26.” World-Tree Project. Web. <;

“Runestone: Öl 27.” World-Tree Project. Web. <;

Pictures of Swedish Runic Stones. Web. <;

“Poetry in Scandinavia and the North.” Viking Answer Lady Webpage – Poetry in Scandinavia and the North. Web.<;

Skånela. Web. <;

Jesch, Judith. Women in the Viking Age. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1991. Print.

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