Strength

The Algiz rune

  • Text from Magdalenas great-grandmother Hilda Lundkvist (teacher in Norrbotten, northern Sweden)
  • The Uddeholm company's old logotype. In 1878 the first blast furnace started in the ironworks at Hagforsen, Hagfors where Annika was born and raised
  • Crossed hammers, Kumla city arms. Niclas birthplace
  • A flying kite sketched by Wilmer, Magdalena's son
    Sweden's longest stone arch bridge (168 m) from the Värmland county town of Karlstad. Inaugurated by King Gustav IV Adolf in 1797
  • Moose
  • Laurinska huset at Mariaberget, Södermalm in Stockholm. Niclas previously lived on Mariaberget
  • Quote from Abba "The winner takes it all"
  • As a part of the background there is a map of Uppsala, where Magdalena was born and raised
  • Alfred Nobel was a Swedish chemist and engineer who invented the dynamite. He was born October 21, 1833 in Stockholm, and died December 10, 1896 in San Remo, Italy. In his will he requested that his fortune would be used to create a number of prizes that would be awarded to those who "give the greatest benefit to mankind." Since 1901 the world famous Nobel Prize is handed out in Stockholm on the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death on December 10 of each year
  • Hagfors, photo from one of the old locomotives that operated NKLJ-track (Nordmark-Klarälvdalens railway). A narrow gauge railroad which opened in 1880. It was built and operated by Uddeholmsbolaget
  • Granite from Figeholm, East Coast (full background) where Magdalena. has spent many summer vacations
  • Small leaves with inspiration from Järvafältet, a nature reserve in Stockholm
  • A compass rose (guide/direction)
  • Pattern with arrows from a flywheel in the old iron works in Hagfors. Since 1974 a monument placed below the bridge "Bôgen" (means arc) in Hagfors
  • At the bottom of the picture you find Hellefors Herrgård (mansion) located in Hällefors, Bergslagen. It was built for Detlof Heijkenskjöld and his family and was completed in 1782. The Swedish King Gustaf V (1858-1950) visited regularly Hellefors Manor to hunt. Today the mansion is privately owned and operated as a conference facility, hotel and restaurant

Nature

The Eihwaz rune

  • Ferns (meaning: do not be so closed, tell me)
  • Animated plants from Småland (a landscape in Sweden)
  • The Eihwaz rune illustrated by a yew behind the sketch of the rune
  • Grapes from the south wall of the house Sandkullen in Haftersbol outside Hagfors where Annika grew up
  • Oak tree from the garden outside Sandkullen which was planted by Annika's father when she was 1 year old. Today, it is as high as the house
  • Text about Carl Von Linné, who was a Swedish botanist, physician, geologist, educator, ornithologist and zoologist who laid the foundation for the modern nomenclature in biology and the modern systematics that groups plants and animals. He was born May 13, 1707 in Råshult, Småland and died January 10, 1778 in Uppsala
  • The cathedral of Uppsala, Magdalena's birthplace and also the place where Carl Von Linné became a professor and lived the second half of his life
  • Maypole is a key component in the Swedish midsummer celebrations. Midsummer Eve is always a Friday between 19 and 25 June. People often begin the day by picking flowers and making wreaths to place on the maypole. The maypole is raised in an open spot and then traditional ring-dances takes place. In one of them adults and kids jumps around like little frogs
  • Lily of the valley blooms in late spring. It means "I have loved you from the first sight" and is also Annika's and Magdalena's favourite flower 
  • Wood anemones symbolizes spring, that nature awakens, grows and get green (meaning: your eyes say more than your lips)
  • Forest stars, the province flower of Värmland which also is a spring flower that evokes the nature of hibernation
  • Birds from Österlen, Skåne (the most southern landscape in Sweden)
  • Magdalena's grandfather's text from a herbarium dated 1934 and collected in Nattavaara (a small village with approximately 100 inhabitants in the north of Sweden)

Love

The Wunjo rune

  • Stockholm City Hall where, among other things, the Nobel Prize since 1901 to be awarded on December 10 every year
  • Rainbow (next to the city hall of Stockholm), which symbolizes eternal love
  • Ferns from Järvafältet nature reserve in Stockholm, (meaning: do not be so closed, tell me)
    Forest Stars, Värmland province flower that blooms in the spring and symbolizes the nature awakens, grows and grönskas
  • Cartoon silhouettes of plants
  • Midsummer Strawberries in the Stockholm archipelago
  • Butterflies signed by Magdalena. The butterfly is a very old symbol of the soul and life itself. It is also said to stand for joy and happiness.
  • Roses (symbolizes love and passion)
  • 1725 Magdalena's children's birthdays
  • 1622 Niclas and Annika's children, Oscar and Carl's birthdays, also Karl X Gustaf was born in 1622 (he was then king of Sweden 1654-1660)
  • Heart pattern
  • Shapes inspired by Carl von Linné
  • The hot air balloons are a mixture of Magdalena's drawings and the balloon Annika's dad flew over Stockholm in  when he turned 70 year
  • The plants signed by hand next to the city hall are inspired by Magdalena's garden

Water

The Laguz rune

  • Seagulls from Skansen, Stockholm
  • Silhouette of Strandvägen in Stockholm
  • Swedish map with Nattavaara, Stockholm, Uppsala, Örebro, Hagfors, Karlstad, Gothenburg and Figeholm marked. All of them important places for us.
  • Branches hanging over Uvån, by the bridge Bôgen in Hagfors
  • Lighthouse (representing AGA, Lidingö). Annika & Niclas live at the island Lidingö outside Stockholm since many years
  • The ship Af Chapman at Skeppsholmen, Stockholm. Built in 1888 and since 1949 it serves a hostel
  • Archipelago map including Muskö
  • Archipelago boat in Stockholm archipelago
  • Södermalm (view from Riddarholmen, the Old Town)
  • Örebro Castle. Niclas has lived and studied there
  • Beacons from the East Coast
  • Sharp
  • Water Patterns in watercolor
  • Water Reflection from Figeholm, East Coast
  • Twisted rope from Krokholmen, Stockholm archipelago