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 84708
22 For rowing Strandagaldur 60237
23 To make your sheep docile Strandagaldur 62786
24 To fish well Strandagaldur 61817
25 To protect livestock Strandagaldur 64355
26 Róðukross Ólafs konungs Tryggvasonar Strandagaldur 81130
27 Rosahringur minni Strandagaldur 77386
28 Óttastafur Strandagaldur 78507
29 Stave for Necropants Strandagaldur 183589
30 Lockbreaker Strandagaldur 91652
31 Trade Clincher Strandagaldur 73272
32 Hólastafur Strandagaldur 85982
33 Gegn heimakomu Strandagaldur 74860
34 Wrestling magic Strandagaldur 72034
35 Galdratöluskip Strandagaldur 76828
36 Magic sign Feingur Strandagaldur 83040
37 To Win in Court Strandagaldur 70057
38 Killing rune Strandagaldur 83987
39 Draumstafir Strandagaldur 89333
40 Sharpening staves Strandagaldur 72025

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