This rune-like picture is called a carving rather than a rune stone as it was carved on a flat outcrop of rocks rather than a standing stone around 1030. It is found near Eskilstuna in Sweden where I was lucky enough to stay with a farming family for awhile. It is uncertain of the meaning of the runic text but it is believed that the Ramsund Carving was a bridge made for Holmgeirr’s soul to travel into the next life by his wife Sigröd Ormsdottir.
The story told on the rock inside the runic text, which is written inside a snake, tells of Sigurd the dragon slayer roasting dragon heart but before it is cooked he pricks himself and the melding of his blood and that of the heart allows him to hear birdsong which tells that Reginin is going to kill him. Reginin is depicted beside his severed head. The saga of the dragon slayer was a well known story from the Icelandic Edda (from the 9th century and first written in the 13th century. It is a collection of sacred and mythological poems).
I felt very privileged to be shown this rock which had no fan fare associated with it. It was sitting in the woods with only a tiny, small sign pointing the way. To see the drawing itself you had to climb up onto the rock. Amazing to think it was carved over 1000 years ago for a privileged Viking family.