Villberga by, Grillby
Size: 0.68 m x 0.48 m
This is a fragment of a rather small stone.
The main staffs of the runes measure about 5-7 cm.
A second fragment of the same stone has been
documented but is now missing.
The original inscription:
... son Holmfast ... Gud hjälpe anden
The inscription in English:
... son Holmfast ... May God help his
Since the stone was quite small and the inscription rather
long, the runes had to be packed together tightly. Still,
Erik didn't manage to make the whole inscription fit.
The last word, "hans" (eng. his) has
therefore been placed outside the tale of the snake.
main staffs are standing in different angles.
The arms of the cross are not
symmetrical. The lower arm was carved as a whole.
It doesn't connect to the foot of the cross, which
is the case on most of Erik's stones.
The ring at the centre of the cross is not round and
the lines are uneven. The remaining
part of U 738 is turned upside down. My sketch is
turned in the right direction.
Below, you can see an article in
Swedish on U 738, taken from the book Upplands