sia : ma : þu : a * mkh : æi : ma þu : fa : mik : kunnar : kærþi : mik : kirkain : a * mkh : s[æ]luk maria
Sea ma þu a mik, æi ma þu fa mik. Gunnarr gærði mik. Kirkian a mik. Salug Maria.
You can see me, but I’m no freebie. Gunnar made me. The church owns me. Mary be blessed.


This is Hs 19, a door knocker to the church at Delsbo, Sweden. These kind of cheeky talking objects are relatively common in the runic corpus. “Sea ma þu a mik, æi ma þu fa mik is a lovely rhyme, done no justice by my translation. Literally: “You can look at me, but you can’t have me”. 

sia : ma : þu : a * mkh : æi : ma þu : fa : mik : kunnar : kærþi : mik : kirkain : a * mkh : s[æ]luk maria


Sea ma þu a mik, æi ma þu fa mik. Gunnarr gærði mik. Kirkian a mik. Salug Maria.

You can see me, but I’m no freebie. Gunnar made me. The church owns me. Mary be blessed.

This is Hs 19, a door knocker to the church at Delsbo, Sweden. These kind of cheeky talking objects are relatively common in the runic corpus. “Sea ma þu a mik, æi ma þu fa mik is a lovely rhyme, done no justice by my translation. Literally: “You can look at me, but you can’t have me”. 

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