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 83225
22 For rowing Strandagaldur 59214
23 To make your sheep docile Strandagaldur 61592
24 To fish well Strandagaldur 60613
25 To protect livestock Strandagaldur 63411
26 Róðukross Ólafs konungs Tryggvasonar Strandagaldur 79180
27 Rosahringur minni Strandagaldur 75818
28 Óttastafur Strandagaldur 76751
29 Stave for Necropants Strandagaldur 179196
30 Lockbreaker Strandagaldur 89218
31 Trade Clincher Strandagaldur 71958
32 Hólastafur Strandagaldur 83642
33 Gegn heimakomu Strandagaldur 73597
34 Wrestling magic Strandagaldur 69329
35 Galdratöluskip Strandagaldur 75566
36 Magic sign Feingur Strandagaldur 81330
37 To Win in Court Strandagaldur 68458
38 Killing rune Strandagaldur 81845
39 Draumstafir Strandagaldur 87144
40 Sharpening staves Strandagaldur 70431

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