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Danish Runic Inscription 66: The Mask Stone

Danish Runic Inscription 66 or DR 66, also known as the Mask Stone, is a granite Viking Age memorial runestone that was discovered in Aarhus, Denmark. The runestone is famous for bearing a depiction of a facial mask and an Old Norse runic inscription describing a battle between kings. There is insufficient evidence to establish which battle the inscription refers to, but the Battle of Svolder and the Battle of Helgeån have been proposed as candidates. The mask depicted has been explained by the Moesgård Museum as “probably intended to be protection against evil spirits.” The runic text indicates that the stone was raised as a memorial by four men in memory of a man named Fúl. The relationship between the men is described as a being a félag, which was a joint financial venture between partners during the Viking Age.