Magical Staves

Staves or magical signs
All of the signs and staves seen here can be found in Icelandic grimoires, some from the 17th century, some from later times though all of them seem to be related. The origin of this peculiar Icelandic magic is difficult to ascertain. Some signs seem to be derived from medieval mysticism and renaissance occultism, while others show some relation to runic culture and the old Germanic belief in Thor and Odinn. Much of the magic mentioned in court records can be found in grimoires kept in various manuscript collections. The purpose of the magic involved tells us something of the concerns of the lower classes that used them to lessen the burden of subsidence living in a harsh climate.
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21 To prevent drowning Strandagaldur 83191
22 For rowing Strandagaldur 59194
23 To make your sheep docile Strandagaldur 61565
24 To fish well Strandagaldur 60591
25 To protect livestock Strandagaldur 63393
26 Róðukross Ólafs konungs Tryggvasonar Strandagaldur 79122
27 Rosahringur minni Strandagaldur 75771
28 Óttastafur Strandagaldur 76703
29 Stave for Necropants Strandagaldur 179054
30 Lockbreaker Strandagaldur 88977
31 Trade Clincher Strandagaldur 71926
32 Hólastafur Strandagaldur 83583
33 Gegn heimakomu Strandagaldur 73559
34 Wrestling magic Strandagaldur 69266
35 Galdratöluskip Strandagaldur 75534
36 Magic sign Feingur Strandagaldur 81273
37 To Win in Court Strandagaldur 68427
38 Killing rune Strandagaldur 81789
39 Draumstafir Strandagaldur 87057
40 Sharpening staves Strandagaldur 70384

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