Kulisteinen is perhaps the most famous runic stone in Norway. For over 900 years the Kuli stone had been at Kuløy, but then 1913 it was moved to Vitenskapsmuseet i Trondheim. A copy of Kulisteinen was erected in 1969, where the original stone is believed to have stood. Erecting stones as monuments is an ancient pre-Christian custom. Today, we can read on the stone: Tore and Halvard erected this stone for Ulv… Twelve winters had Christianity been in Norway … 

The stone is one of the earliest pieces of evidence of Christianity in Norway. It is also the first time that the name Norway is known to have been used on Norwegian soil. There are various theories about why Kulisteinen was erected, most likely in the 11th century.

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