Viking Sigils


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Viking Sigils

Icelandic magical staves (Icelandic: galdrastafir) are sigils that were credited with supposed magical effect preserved in various Icelandic grimoires dating from the 17th century and later.[1][better source needed]

Table of magical staves[edit]

Icelandic nameManuscript descriptionImage
Að unni“To get a girl”, this magical stave is used by a man in love to gain the affections of the object of his desires.
ÆgishjálmurHelm of Awe (or Helm of Terror); to induce fear, protect the warrior, and prevail in battle.[citation needed]
AngurgapiCarved on the ends of barrels to prevent leaking.[citation needed]
BrýnslustafirFor use on whetstones.[2]
DraumstafirTo dream of unfulfilled desires.[2]
DreprúnTo kill an enemy's cattle.[3]
FeingurA fertility rune.[2]
GapaldurTwo staves, kept in the shoes, gapaldur under the heel of the right foot and ginfaxi under the toes of the left foot, to magically ensure victory in bouts of Icelandic wrestling (glíma).[citation needed]
HólastafurTo open hills.[citation needed]
KaupalokiTo prosper in trade and business.[citation needed]
LásabrjóturTo open a lock without a key.
LukkustafirWhoever carries this symbol with them encounters no evil, neither on the sea nor on the land.[4]
MáladeilanTo win in court.[5]
NábrókarstafurA stave used when making necropants (nábrók), a pair of trousers made from the skin of a dead man that are capable of producing an endless supply of money.[6]
SkelkunarstafurTo make your enemies afraid.[7] (A similar looking stave is titled Óttastafur in the Huld Manuscript.)
Rosahringur minniA lesser circle of protection.[citation needed]
SmjörhnúturButterknot, to find out if butter was made using milk stolen by a Tilberi.[8]
Stafur gegn galdriStaves against witchcraft.[9]
Stafur til að vekja upp draugTo invoke ghosts and evil spirits.[citation needed]
ÞjófastafurFor use against thieves.[10]
TóustefnaTo ward off foxes.[11]
Varnarstafur ValdemarsValdemar's Protection Stave; increases favor and happiness.
VatnahlífirProtection against drowning.
VegvísirTo guide people through rough weather.[2]
VeiðistafurFor luck in fishing.

See also[edit]

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Viking Sigils


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  1. ^''Staves or magical signs' Galdrastafir - Strandagaldur ~ Galdrasýning á Ströndum ~ Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft'.
  2. ^ abcdHuld Manuscript ÍB 383 4 in the National Library in Reykjavík
  3. ^From a 17th-century grimoire, in the Antikvarisk-Topografiska Arkivet in Stockholm.
  4. ^[1] Huld Manuscript ÍB 383 4] in the National Library in Reykjavík
  5. ^From a 19th-century manuscript, lbs 4375 8vo, in the National Library in Reykjavík.
  6. ^'Nábrókarstafur - Strandagaldur ~ Galdrasýning á Ströndum ~ Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft'.
  7. ^From Skuggi. Ársritið Jólagjöfin 4. Ár. 1940. 'GALDRA-SKRÆÐA' by Jochum M. Eggertson
  8. ^'Butterknot - Tilberi ~ Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft'.
  9. ^From a 17th-century manuscript, lbs 143 8vo, in the National Library in Reykjavík.
  10. ^From a 17th-century medical text, am 434a 12mo, in the Arnemagnean Collection in Reykjavík.
  11. ^From a 19th-century manuscript, lbs 4375 8vo, in the National Library in Reykjavík.

External links[edit]

List Of Sigils And Meanings

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