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 84308
22 For rowing Strandagaldur 59945
23 To make your sheep docile Strandagaldur 62454
24 To fish well Strandagaldur 61438
25 To protect livestock Strandagaldur 64067
26 Róðukross Ólafs konungs Tryggvasonar Strandagaldur 80509
27 Rosahringur minni Strandagaldur 76921
28 Óttastafur Strandagaldur 78055
29 Stave for Necropants Strandagaldur 182369
30 Lockbreaker Strandagaldur 91138
31 Trade Clincher Strandagaldur 72898
32 Hólastafur Strandagaldur 85180
33 Gegn heimakomu Strandagaldur 74500
34 Wrestling magic Strandagaldur 71365
35 Galdratöluskip Strandagaldur 76466
36 Magic sign Feingur Strandagaldur 82532
37 To Win in Court Strandagaldur 69592
38 Killing rune Strandagaldur 83340
39 Draumstafir Strandagaldur 88765
40 Sharpening staves Strandagaldur 71574

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