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 79346
22 For rowing Strandagaldur 57841
23 To make your sheep docile Strandagaldur 60304
24 To fish well Strandagaldur 58979
25 To protect livestock Strandagaldur 62226
26 Róðukross Ólafs konungs Tryggvasonar Strandagaldur 76369
27 Rosahringur minni Strandagaldur 73191
28 Óttastafur Strandagaldur 73742
29 Stave for Necropants Strandagaldur 170581
30 Lockbreaker Strandagaldur 80112

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