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Jelling Stone Jelling Stone

Stone: Jelling Stone

Inscription

{On an information plaque attached to the railings, in Olde English script:}
The Jelling Stone
This cast of the Jelling Stone is an exact replica of the larger of the two runic stones at Jelling, in Jutland, Denmark.
The Jelling Stone is one of the oldest Danish historical monuments and by far the most splendid of all Scandinavian runic memorials. It was erected about the year 980 A.D. by King Harald of Denmark, the grandfather of King Canute.
King Harald was the first Christian King of Denmark, and the runic inscription on the stone reads as follows:-
'Harald King made this memorial after Gorm his father and after Thyra his mother: that Harald who won for himself all Denmark and Norway and made the Danes Christians.'
A figure of Christ and a figure of a lion in the grip of a serpent are depicted on the other sides of the richly ornamented stone which was originally painted in colours of red, blue, yellow and black.

Mr Axel Meller arranged for this stone to be erected on this site in 1955.
The stone was brought from Denmark for an exhibition of Danish Arts and Culture in the Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, London.

Site: Jelling Stone (1 memorial)

NW1, St Katharine's Precinct, Danish Church of St Katharine

London Gardens Online informs: These buildings, designed by Ambrose Poynter in 1826-7, were a replacement for St Katharine by the Tower, when it was demolished to make room for the dock.

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King Harald of Denmark

First Christian King of Denmark and grandfather of King Canute. 10th century.

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