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 83067
22 For rowing Strandagaldur 59132
23 To make your sheep docile Strandagaldur 61492
24 To fish well Strandagaldur 60496
25 To protect livestock Strandagaldur 63329
26 Róðukross Ólafs konungs Tryggvasonar Strandagaldur 78940
27 Rosahringur minni Strandagaldur 75624
28 Óttastafur Strandagaldur 76550
29 Stave for Necropants Strandagaldur 178485
30 Lockbreaker Strandagaldur 88408
31 Trade Clincher Strandagaldur 71827
32 Hólastafur Strandagaldur 83401
33 Gegn heimakomu Strandagaldur 73457
34 Wrestling magic Strandagaldur 69082
35 Galdratöluskip Strandagaldur 75439
36 Magic sign Feingur Strandagaldur 81113
37 To Win in Court Strandagaldur 68314
38 Killing rune Strandagaldur 81609
39 Draumstafir Strandagaldur 86892
40 Sharpening staves Strandagaldur 70258

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