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 83424
22 For rowing Strandagaldur 59342
23 To make your sheep docile Strandagaldur 61727
24 To fish well Strandagaldur 60752
25 To protect livestock Strandagaldur 63510
26 Róðukross Ólafs konungs Tryggvasonar Strandagaldur 79402
27 Rosahringur minni Strandagaldur 75985
28 Óttastafur Strandagaldur 76964
29 Stave for Necropants Strandagaldur 179705
30 Lockbreaker Strandagaldur 89778
31 Trade Clincher Strandagaldur 72121
32 Hólastafur Strandagaldur 83880
33 Gegn heimakomu Strandagaldur 73728
34 Wrestling magic Strandagaldur 69575
35 Galdratöluskip Strandagaldur 75701
36 Magic sign Feingur Strandagaldur 81525
37 To Win in Court Strandagaldur 68607
38 Killing rune Strandagaldur 82077
39 Draumstafir Strandagaldur 87469
40 Sharpening staves Strandagaldur 70584

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