Ekstra Bladet – ‘Gelwan E’: Kan du løse koden?

[Image 'er er Jellingestenen i computeranimeret original - FØR grafitti-hærværket. ' cannot be displayed]Do I have any readers who are fluent in Danish? This came to my attention today. The (very imperfect) Google translation seems to say something about the words ‘Gelwan E’ defacing a historic monument:

“‘Gelwan E’: can you resolve code? At the weekend, unknown perpetrators painted grafitti on the so-called Denmark’s appear, Jellingestenen. The word was: Gelwan E11:49, 14. feb 2011 | anders Kjærulffadvertisementhere is Jellingestenen in computeranimeret original – before grafitti-consider. Here is Jellingestenen in computeranimeret original – before grafitti-consider. *LAST of the nation*Valentines-day? Is there a new kind beer?15:27*’Gelwan E’: can you resolve code?11:49*the red must live with lokum in gården11:02*Birthe Rønn suffers from an even had the effrontery syge15:19*roll – the shot on the Taliban 4:51 PM*Hesteslagteren ask for more penge16:23*klamt: great hair-tot in arla-kartonen15:20*Muslim: sin of you who do not understand moskeer14:09*Father Rescued unemployed søn13:33*Pyha – must still keep her tasker16:17*Birthe Rønn went cold on direct TV13:32*NEW DR: Storbarmede vejrpiger11:19*Sexarbejder: I will also pay skat10:42*harsh criticism of Læsper Grønkjær10:19*has Wilbek Flattened delight in landsholdsfodbold? 10:04ADVERTISEMENT56KommentarerKommentérarticle here! Part of Messengerpart onMessenger! 25 CM HIGH letters by the word ‘GELWAN E’ was written in the largest of the old Stone around year 965 was raised by Harald Blåtand. The less stone, Gorms stone, a jernkors, which are at site, as well as kirkedøren to Jelling Church was there sprayet. Disrespectful- it is clear that in the case of our all historic monuments, then we will do us extra effort to find the perpetrators. This is an utter IDIOTIC action, and I think that even, that the sort will win respect in after-circles. On the contrary. It is all, says Commissioner his Hoffensetz, which is head of section of fraud in leads police force, which Jelling. What? Whom? But what does Gelwan E – or perhaps Gelwane? We are trying to the network will be applicable remote reply – there are several called Gelwane on Facebook, but they do not work as someone who could have something to consider that do? Who or what is Gelwan E? By du something? Have you a guess? Write including!”

I have an obvious curiosity about this and would appreciate anyone who could shed any light on this for me. Can you give me a more reasonable translation from the Danish? Thanks.

Longtime FmH readers may know, from past postings here,  of my intermittent interest in searching out other “Gelwans”, it being a very rare name. This incident and the post above raises an angle I had never considered; could “Gelwan” also have some relationship with “Gelwane“, a better-represented surname on the web?

Addendum: a slightly better translation from the Microsoft translation service:

” ‘ Gelwan ‘ E: Can you fix the code?

Over the weekend have unknown perpetrators painted graffiti on what are known as Denmark’s birthright, Jellingestenen. The word was: Gelwan E

Here is Jellingestenen in the computer-animated original-BEFORE graffiti-desecration.

25 cm high letters with the words: ‘ GELWAN E ‘ was written on the largest of the old stones, which around the year 965 was raised by Harald I of Denmark.
Also the smaller stones, Gorms stone, a jernkors, standing by the monuments, as well as the Church of Jelling Church, there were sprayet on.

-It is clear that in the case of our historical monuments belongs to, so we make us extra due diligence to identify perpetrators. It is a culture of idiotic action, and I think not even that the kind of want to win respect in graffiti-circles. On The Contrary. It is disruptive, says politikommissær His Hoffensetz, there is a section head in should be strengthened in Vejle police, who Jelling is subject.

What? Whom?
But what does the Gelwan E-or maybe Gelwane? To search on the net you get immediately very peripheral response-there are several named Gelwane on Facebook, but they don’t work as any that might have something to do with the desecration?

Who or what is Gelwan E? Do you know something? Do you have a guess? Type including!”

The Jelling Stones, commonly referred to as De...
The Jelling Stones

8 thoughts on “Ekstra Bladet – ‘Gelwan E’: Kan du løse koden?

  1. Indeed the Jelling Stones were vandalized – someone wrote the word “Gelwane” on the face of them using a spray can.

    The Jellingstones were erected in year 965 by the some of the first kings of Denmark. The stones are very well preserved and contains Viking runes as well as symbols of christianity. They are usually seen as a type of birthmark of the Danish state.

    You probably already have, but you can read more about it here:



  2. Ekstra Bladet
    Written; 11:49, 14. Feb 2011
    by; | Anders Kjærulff

    (see english translation underneath)
    ‘Gelwan E’: Kan du løse koden?
    I weekenden har ukendte gerningsmænd malet grafitti på det, man kalder danmarks dåbsattest, Jellingestenen. Ordet var: Gelwan E
    25 centimeters høje bogstaver med ordet: ‘GELWAN E’ blev skrevet på den største af de gamle sten, der omkring år 965 blev rejst af Harald Blåtand.
    Også den mindre sten, Gorms sten, et jernkors, der står ved monumenterne, samt kirkedøren til Jelling kirke var der sprayet på.

    – Det er klart, at når der er tale om vores allesammens historiske mindesmærker, så gør vi os ekstra umage for at finde frem til gerningsmændene.
    Det er en decideret idiotisk handling, og jeg tror ikke engang, at den slags vil vinde respekt i graffiti-kredse. Tværtimod.
    Det er respektløs, siger politikommissær Hans Hoffensetz, der er sektionsleder i efterforskningsenheden i Vejle Politi, som Jelling hører under.

    Hvad? Hvem?
    Men hvad betyder Gelwan E – eller måske Gelwane? Søger man på nettet får man umiddelbart meget perifere svar –
    der er flere der hedder Gelwane på Facebook, men de virker ikke som nogen der kunne have noget med hærværket at gøre?

    Hvem eller hvad er Gelwan E? Ved du noget? Har du et gæt? Skriv herunder!

    (Translated by Erik Toft (Mothertounge))

    ‘GELWAN E’: Can you solve the code?

    This weekend unknown perpetrators painted graffiti on what is called Denmarks birth certificate; “the Jelling stone” *.
    The word was: Gelwan E
    ( * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harald_Bluetooth#The_Jelling_stones
    and http://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil:Jelling_gr_kl_Stein.JPG )

    25 centimeter high letters with the word ‘GELWAN E’ was written on the largest of the ancient stones,
    which around the year 965 was erected by Harald Blåtand **
    ( ** “Harald Bluetooth”; 2nd. Danish/Norwegian King; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harald_Bluetooth ).
    Also, the smaller stone; “Gorm’s stone” ***, an iron cross that stands at the monuments and the church door to Jelling church was sprayed on.
    ( *** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jelling_stones “Runestone of Gorm”
    side A http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Runenstein_Gorm_2.jpg
    and side B http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Runenstein_Gorm_1.jpg )

    – It is clear that when it is “everybody’s historical monuments”(a national historical monument / a national heritage site),
    we make ourselves extra effort to identify the perpetrators.
    ”It is a decidedly idiotic action and I do not even believe that the sort will gain respect in graffiti circles. Quite the contrary.
    It is disrespectful”, police commissioner Hans Hoffensetz, Head of the research unit in Vejle Police, which the district of Jelling belongs to.

    What? Who?
    But what does “Gelwan E” – or maybe “Gelwane”, mean?
    If one search the web you get seemingly very remote response – there are several named Gelwane on Facebook,
    but they do not look like people who could have anything to do with vandalism?

    Who or what is Gelwan E? You know something? Got a guess? Enter below!

    Picture subtext;
    Here you see The Jelling stone in computer-original – BEFORE the graffiti vandalism.

    ( http://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil:Jelling_gr_kl_Stein.JPG …. here you see The Jelling stones – original photography)


  3. The person who tag the stone, also vanalized other places in that town.. Fex he wrote ” Money over bitches” at a toillet with the same spry can… The frase was used by TuPAC , the american rapper..

    I think for sure it´s a teenager who tries to be though gangsta´ ; )

    Greetings from DK / Marie


  4. Hej Buddy.
    I live 15 miles from the stones.
    Just wanna tell Ya´that the picture of the coloured stone you display in the Blog shows niether of the two original stones, but could be the brand new stone made from a Runic Artist just a few years back to be placed at the entrance of the new museum 200 ft away, across the street from the Churchground where the real Jellingstones are placed. There´s no colouring on the originals (Or at least there wasn´t supposed to be)
    What A freak coincidence that the guy wrote GELWANE, and your name is Gelwane, E. How did you stumble across that, all the way back in the states?? I´m guessing Google alerts?
    (PS: Where were you last weekend? ;-)
    Martin B Hansen
    Danish Veteran


  5. Thank you, Joakim and Marie. And yes, Martin, I got a Google alert keyed to my name. And thanks, I’m now looking at a picture of the originals. (Those colors did look a little garish and I wondered why they hadn’t faded in more than 1000 years of Danish winters.)

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  6. The perpetrator has been caught, so “you´re of the hook”.
    Turned out to be a lokal 15yr old kid, who has already admitted doing the grafitti.
    Martin of Denmark


  7. The kid is apperently an autist and just worte it because he found it “nice looking” …. He do’es not know the meaning and it has no meaning in danish.


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