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The carvings themselves were meant to work pictographic magic. We now turn to runes and numbers, to see how they relate to the story told by the carvings.
There is no magic 9-rune formula preceding the text. Nevertheless it starts out on the upper edge with a name-like word: Herhos. The first rune at this effective spot is hagal, hail, synonymous with 'disaster', alliterating on h as in hærmberge. Thus, it describes the situation pretty well, but as there is no incantation, it does not become magically effective.
The second verse alliterates according to our reading on , ac, oak, and eh, horse. Both terms relate to sacred area. The oak is the traditional tree of the holy grove and the horse is object of reverence. In Old Norse (ON) it says: marr er manns fylgja, "the horse is man's... fylgja" or fylgjur. Noticeably enough this is also the term for the Valkyrie. Consequently this rune stands for fidelity and reliability, actually for the relation of husband ands wife [actually, according to the understanding of those days , the dark ages (<:= ].
If this is a grove of oaks, if horse and Valkyrie appear at this site, then the mutual relation between the alliterating runes and the elements of the picture (i.e. magic intent) becomes clear. But apart from that, the runes themselves bear magic quality, traditionally seen as "protective" power. They would, in this context avert the harm, brought about by , just as the appearance of the Valkyrie and "Sleipnir" at the grave promise.
It could be mere chance that we have
The magic formula "activates" the stressed runes of the third stanza (Langvers). Here we have
To enhance the power of the rune master has chosen a very crafty substitute for the fatal vowel
If we now add up the runes and symbols (including "fake" vowels and one bind rune) we count
But even here a numeric system is plain to see: First, as already pointed out, there are
Remains the runic value. 1008 says my computer. This inconspicuous number is quite a universal genius as it is divisible by
That leads us to an astounding result: 1008 is not only divisible by the values of
Now there are 2 x and
Again we may conclude with the remark that the one or other constellation might be accidental, but the more regular patterns we observe the less likely is
1 Arntz, Handbuch der Runenkunde (1944), S. 278 refers to Marstrander, NTS. 1, S. 76f Horse and Rider on Brakteats and writes: "Das Sonnenpferd kommt ursprünglich dem Himmelsgott zu (t e); in jüngerer Zeit - und gewiß schon im 6. Jahrh. - bilden aber Sleipnir und Odin eine feste Einheit (e a)."
Thus originally the runes und marked the 'Sun Horse' of Tir/Tiw which was replaced by Woden's Sleipnir, (known as the eight legged horse) identified by the runes for A (Ase) and (horse).