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 84727
22 For rowing Strandagaldur 60250
23 To make your sheep docile Strandagaldur 62804
24 To fish well Strandagaldur 61834
25 To protect livestock Strandagaldur 64380
26 Róðukross Ólafs konungs Tryggvasonar Strandagaldur 81172
27 Rosahringur minni Strandagaldur 77410
28 Óttastafur Strandagaldur 78545
29 Stave for Necropants Strandagaldur 183839
30 Lockbreaker Strandagaldur 91676
31 Trade Clincher Strandagaldur 73297
32 Hólastafur Strandagaldur 86009
33 Gegn heimakomu Strandagaldur 74886
34 Wrestling magic Strandagaldur 72061
35 Galdratöluskip Strandagaldur 76857
36 Magic sign Feingur Strandagaldur 83066
37 To Win in Court Strandagaldur 70087
38 Killing rune Strandagaldur 84017
39 Draumstafir Strandagaldur 89361
40 Sharpening staves Strandagaldur 72049

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