Name/TitleThe Jelling Stone, The National Museum of Denmark, Jelling II, Rundata DR 42
About this objectOne of two runestones at the royal burial site of Jelling, Denmark, this one was erected in c. 965 by Harald Bluetooth in memory of his parents, Gorm and Thyra who are buried here (the older stone was commissioned by Gorm on his wife's death). It also commemorates the Christianisation of Denmark and is decorated with a crucifixion image. Erected in 965 this was taken as the date of conversion, but the discovery of earlier crosses, as shown in this exhibition, suggest that there was already a Christian population before this. The stone was originally coloured and this potential reconstruction of the original colours was created by the National Museum of Denmark.
Date Madec. 965
Subject and Association KeywordsArrivals
Subject and Association KeywordsCrosses
Medium and MaterialsStone and pigments
Credit LineThe National Museum of Denmark
Object numberEXH8: Jelling II, Rundata DR 42