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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26 Róðukross Ólafs konungs Tryggvasonar Strandagaldur 65100
27 Rosahringur minni Strandagaldur 62655
28 Óttastafur Strandagaldur 62245
29 Stave for Necropants Strandagaldur 132554
30 Lockbreaker Strandagaldur 61001
31 Trade Clincher Strandagaldur 55464
32 Hólastafur Strandagaldur 65909
33 Gegn heimakomu Strandagaldur 64604
34 Wrestling magic Strandagaldur 56168
35 Galdratöluskip Strandagaldur 66597
36 Magic sign Feingur Strandagaldur 66894
37 To Win in Court Strandagaldur 59426
38 Killing rune Strandagaldur 66264
39 Draumstafir Strandagaldur 71193
40 Sharpening staves Strandagaldur 59172
41 Angurgapi Strandagaldur 69578
42 Að stilla alla reiði Strandagaldur 70729
43 To get a girl Strandagaldur 64967

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