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 84262
22 For rowing Strandagaldur 59922
23 To make your sheep docile Strandagaldur 62433
24 To fish well Strandagaldur 61420
25 To protect livestock Strandagaldur 64050
26 Róðukross Ólafs konungs Tryggvasonar Strandagaldur 80482
27 Rosahringur minni Strandagaldur 76902
28 Óttastafur Strandagaldur 78004
29 Stave for Necropants Strandagaldur 182314
30 Lockbreaker Strandagaldur 91084
31 Trade Clincher Strandagaldur 72885
32 Hólastafur Strandagaldur 85135
33 Gegn heimakomu Strandagaldur 74475
34 Wrestling magic Strandagaldur 71319
35 Galdratöluskip Strandagaldur 76440
36 Magic sign Feingur Strandagaldur 82493
37 To Win in Court Strandagaldur 69552
38 Killing rune Strandagaldur 83294
39 Draumstafir Strandagaldur 88716
40 Sharpening staves Strandagaldur 71542

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