A few felt it necessary to make sexual comments. “Ingigerther is the most beautiful” can be found right next to a drawing of a drooling dog. Others make references to treasure that may or may not have been carried off from the mound. “Happy is he who can find the great wealth.” “Hókon alone carried treasure from this mound.”
As was the case in Pompeii, a fair number of the inscriptions follow the pattern “x was here” or “x carved these runes.” Another, however, took this even further: “the man most skilled in runes west of the ocean carved these runes with the axe which Gaukr Trandilsson [a famous Icelandic hero of the century before] owned in the south of the country.” No modesty here.
*It’s also worth noting that Benedikt very definitely was not a Scandinavian name.
C.A. Cooijmans, "Between the Cracks: A Socio-historical Context of the Runic Inscriptions of Maes Howe, Orkney," University of Utrecht
12th century Viking Runes in Maes Howe - Maes Howe Winter Solstice
Maeshowe - Wikipedia