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The Sigurd Carving

The Sigurd Carving

Welcome to the Sigurd Carving!

On a flat rock in Sundbyholm, near Eskilstuna, you’ll find the Sigurd Carving – one of the largest rock carvings from the Viking Age. It is believed to have been carved around year 1000.

The runic inscriptions on the rock tell us that Sigrid had a bridge built in memory of her dead husband, illustrated with episodes from thewidely known heathen story of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer.

Sigrid had the carvings made where the road from the Sundbyholm ridge meets the Ramsund.
At that time, the landscape was much different. The water level of Lake Mälaren was around 5 metres higher than it is today, and the narrowest passage was here at Ramsund Channel. Remains of the 65 metre long bridge still exist – look for the red-coloured stones that mark the bridge abutments.