The exhibition takes us back to the Viking age and Östergötland county, where the Rök runestone was erected 800 CE. With its 760 runes, the Rök runestone is the world's longest runic inscription. The text is in part easy to read but difficult to interpret.
The traditional reading is that the inscription speaks about the Gothic emperor Theodoric the Great, who ruled Italy around AD 500. But why would a runestone in Östergötland, Sweden, tell the tale of Theodoric? Photo credit Håkan Svensson
The inscription can be interpreted as about the place where the stone was erected, according to linguist Per Holmberg. After years of research about the Rök runestone, he has reinterpreted the text as about the struggle between sun and moon, light and darkness.
The exhibition, currently on display at the University Library, Campus Valla, is based on Holmberg’s and his colleagues' research and presents the reinterpretation of the Rök runestone inscription.
About the exhibition
The exhibition "The Enigmatic Rök Runestone" was created by Per Holmberg, staff at the University Library in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Society at Linköping University. It was first displayed at the University Library at Campus Norrköping.