The Lindholm "amulet"
(DR 261 $U
) is a bone piece found in Skåne
, dated to the 2nd to 4th centuries.
The first line reads:
- ek erilaz sa wilagaz hateka :
- ek erilaz sa(=i)wilagaz hateka :
The second line reads
- aaaaaaaazzznnn-b- muttt : alu :
Transcription into Proto-Norse
The first line is transcribed as either
- Ek erilaz sa Wilagaz haite'ka
- Ek erilaz Sawilagaz haite'ka
On the second line only alu is transcribed by Rundata:
Translation in English
The first line is translated as
- I the eril am called the wily
- I the eril am called Sawilagaz
While the second line may refer to ale:
Sawilagaz means "the one of the Sun (Sowilo)".
The inscription contains the controversial term and the title erilaz. This sequence has been interpreted as a magical formula: the three consecutive stacked Tiwaz runes as an invocation of Tyr, and the eight As runes as an invocation or symbolic list of eight Æsir.