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The First Written Swedish Literature

Circa 800 CE
<p>The R&ouml;k Runestone, believed to be the earliest Sweedish writing, makes reference to Ostrogothic King, Theodoric the Great.</p>

The Rök Runestone, believed to be the earliest Sweedish writing, makes reference to Ostrogothic King, Theodoric the Great.

The Rök Runestone (Swedish: Rökstenen; Ög 136), one of the most famous runestones, features the longest known runic inscription in stone. Preserved by the church in Rök (between Mjölby and Ödeshög, close to the E4 and Lake Vättern), Östergötland, Sweden, it is considered the first piece of written Swedish literature. The stone dates from about 800.

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