One of the most beautiful runestones in Västergötland is Olsbrostenen.

The date is uncertain, but the runes were probably carved in the 970s. In addition to the runic inscription, the stone bears a splendid pictorial tale about what is known as “the great animal”. This image is the finest Viking-age carving in Västergötland. The runes are about Olav, who died in Estonia, and was possibly took part in Harald Bluetooth’s ravaging of the east. The runes are carved on a granite block that is more than two metres tall.

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