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 85081
22 For rowing Strandagaldur 60545
23 To make your sheep docile Strandagaldur 63058
24 To fish well Strandagaldur 62188
25 To protect livestock Strandagaldur 64654
26 Róðukross Ólafs konungs Tryggvasonar Strandagaldur 81709
27 Rosahringur minni Strandagaldur 77812
28 Óttastafur Strandagaldur 78964
29 Stave for Necropants Strandagaldur 185534
30 Lockbreaker Strandagaldur 92142
31 Trade Clincher Strandagaldur 73693
32 Hólastafur Strandagaldur 86492
33 Gegn heimakomu Strandagaldur 75188
34 Wrestling magic Strandagaldur 72816
35 Galdratöluskip Strandagaldur 77196
36 Magic sign Feingur Strandagaldur 83486
37 To Win in Court Strandagaldur 70483
38 Killing rune Strandagaldur 84560
39 Draumstafir Strandagaldur 89870
40 Sharpening staves Strandagaldur 72440

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