The Sønder Kirkeby runestone at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. The runestone dates to the late 11th century and archaeologists took note of it in 1802; it was taken from its place in the church in Sønder Kirkeby near Nykøbing Falster, Denmark, in 1811. The runestone was placed as a memorial to the inscriber’s brother.
The runestone is significant for many reasons, chief among which is the fourth (and final) line of the runic inscription, which translates as “Thor hallow these runes.”
This illustrates an important role for Thor, who in addition to his role as god of storms, charioteer, and protector of mankind, was also known as Blessing-Thor. Thor’s name was invoked during many rituals, including weddings, funerals, and to bless newborns and daily meals.