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2009-03-23

the vallentuna tycoon

Jarlabanke Ingefastsson was a household name in the real estate business back in the 11th century, not to mention a political and religious leader. You name it, he owned it - at least around Vallentuna. Not surprisingly, his name appears frequently on runestones from those days. Here's one by Vallentuna Church.

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15 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Beautiful shot and of course, interesting history.

Jacob said...

It's just so hard to believe you have stuff hanging around from 1,000 years ago!

Fascinating story. I liked your description of "household name in real estate" - very funny!

Steffe said...

If you decided to show us all of those runestones, you would be busy for a few weeks!

JM said...

Fantastic 'stone' and great composition too! A real estate tycoon in the 11th century! I like that! :-)

Per Stromsjo said...

The text on these stones isn't exactly plain contemporary Swedish. Languages evolve over time.

cieldequimper: I never cared to learn a lot about history. Fortunately, our museums do a good job at highlighting and explaining these gems which can be found around us.

Jacob: :) Glad you liked it. Yes, a millennium is a long time.

Steffe: Right you are. It's a mixed blessing really that these stones are being dug up and exposed in this age of air pollution. A century from now, who knows what's left to read? We'd better do a good job at documenting them now.

JM: Thanks. When shooting this, I had my back turned right at the church wall. The stone stands next to it.

Thanks all for stepping into our time machine!

m_m said...

Great! And lovely perspective of this shot!

Mo said...

People have always sctrached their names into buildings. We're still doing it. Great capture

Deslilas said...

Runestones will last much longer than our CD or DVD !

Lena Johansson said...

Runstenar är väl anfäder till datorerna, vad säger du?
Från futharkenskrift på sten till vår datorskrift???
Allt handlar ju om kommunikation, i alla fall. Men de lyckades bättre bevara sitt för framtiden...

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

very interesting shot. I have only seen a few runestones but find them fascinating. we have petroglyphs in arizona.

Anonymous said...

Per, I love the angle of this shot and the tree! I find trees so striking, lately. Wonderful photo. ~Suz.

Babooshka said...

I wonder his modern equivalent would be. Fascinating

Per Stromsjo said...

The winter sun was particularly helpful in exposing the details of this stone.

m_m: Thanks. And about the perspective... do read on further below.

Mo: But few of us will be able to scratch in a way which attracts attention a thousand years from now...

Deslilas: This medium certainly outlasts recent competition. But watch out for air pollution...

Lena Johansson: Ja du, med dagens medier får man vara glad om det går att läsa nästa år och i nästa version av diverse programvaror! ;)

Julie: I bet those petroglyphs would be fascinating to see.

madeforjoy: Trees are great. There's a certain dignity to a tree in winter time.

Babooshka: Now that's an interesting question. Those who are around at the beginning of the next millennium will be able to tell.

Many thanks for commenting.

Also a particular "thanks" to our special Vallentuna advisor who helped select this particular shot of the runestone. Judging from your comments I realize that this was in fact the better angle...

humanobserver said...

What a view ! You deserve an award for this image.

Per Stromsjo said...

Then I'd pass it on to our advisor who helped select this photo when I was thinking otherwise... ;)

Thanks, humanobserver, for those kind words!

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