Runestone is carved by hand and painted with red ochre.
Inscribed on this stone are a few lines from old spell-poems that were passed from generation to generation, part of the rich oral tradition of Finland. The inscription reads in Finnish:
”Oi Ukko ylijumala, ilman kaiken kannattaja, käy tänne kutsuttaissa.”
”Ukko, thou O God, up yonder, Thou the ruler of the heavens, Come thou hither, thou art needed.”
The picture shows an adder, one of Ukko’s creatures, turning into a lightning bolt, placed in a drawn bow and pointed at an elk carrying a boat in place of antlers, symbolising a journey between the worlds. Bear prints remind us of the kinship between man and gods, and the firesteel underneath infers that such a bond might also exist between man and Ukko.
The stone was found on the shore of the Arctic sea in Northern Norway.
Runes are an ancient alphabet, that was used for writing, divination, protection and magic. They were used throughout northern Europe, Scandinavia, the British Isles, and Iceland from about 100 B.C.E. to 1600 C.E and then forgotten for nearly 300 years.