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 85553
22 For rowing Strandagaldur 60889
23 To make your sheep docile Strandagaldur 63487
24 To fish well Strandagaldur 62577
25 To protect livestock Strandagaldur 65001
26 Róðukross Ólafs konungs Tryggvasonar Strandagaldur 82335
27 Rosahringur minni Strandagaldur 78359
28 Óttastafur Strandagaldur 79515
29 Stave for Necropants Strandagaldur 186713
30 Lockbreaker Strandagaldur 92656
31 Trade Clincher Strandagaldur 74161
32 Hólastafur Strandagaldur 87011
33 Gegn heimakomu Strandagaldur 75593
34 Wrestling magic Strandagaldur 73615
35 Galdratöluskip Strandagaldur 77640
36 Magic sign Feingur Strandagaldur 84039
37 To Win in Court Strandagaldur 70957
38 Killing rune Strandagaldur 85169
39 Draumstafir Strandagaldur 90440
40 Sharpening staves Strandagaldur 72986

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