U 887
One of the most beautiful!

The Runestone in Skillsta
About 20 km southwest of Uppsala.

Runic inscription:


Joger and Fastger and Aurikr (Örik) had the stone erected for Borger their father, the freed (famous).

Aurikr himself carved these runes after his father.
Interpret whoever can!


This beautiful runestone has a dragon with a beautiful wing at the top. Below is the main dragon, the rune bearing dragon that has plenty of extra ornamentation, the body, paws and head are carved with the greatest care.

Few people visit the runestone.

One reason why so few people visit the runestone and understand its beauty is that it needs different colors for the whole motif to be experienced in the right way.

When I have shown pictures of runestones that have had their colors returned, this is the one that most people think corresponds to what they mean by a runestone. It has a good shape, the right color and is big, well cut and very beautiful... and I can only agree.

The strange thing about this runestone is that the runecarver doesn't seem to be a runecarver and he hasn't carved any more runestones that we know of.

If this is really his first and only runestone, he must be active in other fields such as ceramics, wood, silver or paintings. Although not primarily a runecarver, he was a skilled artist with good confidence.

This rune stone shows us a glimpse of all the beautiful art that flourished during the Viking Age. I believe this rune carver made many, many more works of art but which are now gone without a trace because they were made in "perishable" materials like cloth and wood.



Upplands runinskrifter > page 588
Lots of good information. (Swedish).

Runor > - Riksantikvarieämbetet
Map and runic inscription.

Google map > Find the runestone

Contact: kalle@runristare.se
If you want to be of help or have a question.

All runestones in the

Runestone Park

We start from the north and go clockwise

U 11 - Adelsö, Hovgården
The King's Runestone in Hovgården, Adelsö

U 3 - Hovgården, Alsnöhus
Found during an excavation in 1916

U 1 - Adelsö church
Former threshold stone to the sacristy. Now built into the wall in the sacristy.

U 2 - Adelsö church
Destroyed by fire around 1660. Former threshold stone to the church.

U 10 - Dalby Adelsö
Found in 1920 at Stora Dalby, northern Adelsö. Now built into the wall of the sacristy, Adelsö church.

U 6 - Björkö village on Birka
Several fragments as a puzzle. Now in the museum at Birka.

U 5b - Birka 2015 (New find 2015)
2024.03.10 Not yet documented or published.

Sö 141b - Aspa bridge (Sö Fv1948;289)
New find in 1937 with the name Svitjod (Sweden).

Sö 179 - The Gripsholm runestone 
Mariefred, the most famous of the Ingvars runestones.

U 887 - Skillsta runestone
One of the world's most beautiful runestones.

Vs 29 - Sala parish church
The runecarver Livsten's masterpiece.

U 1125 - The old man in Krogsta
1500 year old rune stone carved with the older runes, the Old Norse runes.

Uppdaterad 17 mars, 2024 av Kalle Runristare