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winter, snow, nordic stuff (landscape, mythology, anthropology, etc.), (black) cats, owls, mysteries... falling on the ground.

I'm desperately in love with languages and etymology, and yes, with folklore and hidden meanings. Any suggestion is very welcome!

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oldbookillustrations:

At night.
Carl Larsson, from Singoalla, by Viktor Rydberg, Stockholm, 1894.
(Source: archive.org)

oldbookillustrations:

At night.

Carl Larsson, from Singoalla, by Viktor Rydberg, Stockholm, 1894.

(Source: archive.org)

(via thewolfwithinhim)

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hedendom:

Galdrakver (‘Little Book Of Magic’)

The ‘Little Book Of Magic’ is a seventeenth-century Icelandic manuscript, written on animal skin and containing magical staves, sigils, prayers, charms and related texts.

It is known to have once been owned by Icelandic Bishop Hannes Finnson who was alive from 1739 until 1796 and known for having a vast library containing many volumes of magic related texts and manuscripts.

Full manuscript here.

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hedendom:

Stafir Móti Aðsókn
To avoid ghosts and evil spirits you should carve these sigils onto oak and paint them with blood from your hand. Then they should be hung above the door of the home to protect against evil entities entering.

hedendom:

Stafir Móti Aðsókn

To avoid ghosts and evil spirits you should carve these sigils onto oak and paint them with blood from your hand. Then they should be hung above the door of the home to protect against evil entities entering.

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hedendom:

Odin and Ægishjálmur artwork by Jeffrey Thompson

hedendom:

Odin and Ægishjálmur artwork by Jeffrey Thompson

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hedendom:

Úlfheðnar Attestations

After a few recent questions regarding the historical evidence about Úlfheðnar, I’ve decided to make a short list summing up the evidence and attestations found in the lore. I won’t go into too much depth here but I’ll point out related materials I know of so those that are academically/historically inclined or motivated can go and look them up.

  • Vatnsdœla saga
  • Haraldskvæði 
  • Völsunga saga
  • Grettirs saga
  • The Gothikon Dance
  • Torslunda helm plate
  • Gutenstein, Sigmaringen, Germany sword scabbard (2nd picture)
  • Sutton Hoo purse lid (bottom right)
  • Obrigheim metal plaque (shown top)
  • Öland plaque (bottom left)
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hedendom:

The Huld Manuscript

Also known as the ‘Dark Manuscript’, this book of Icelandic magical staves, sigils and charms was written and collected in 1847 by Geir Vigfússyni á Akureyri from three other manuscripts.

Of the three manuscripts used in compiling the Huld manuscript we know that one of them was written in Seltjarnarnesi of 1810. The other was by Halldórs S. Stefánssonar, a book called “Galdrastafir og náttúra þeirra”, and it was this book that contained the magical staves but none of the descriptions.

The full manuscript can be found here

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hedendom:

Galdratöluskip
Translated this means “Magic Numbered Ship” and is a very complex bindrune designed to be used against a robber’s ship so it will sink.
The bindrune should be placed in the vessel and then the following galdr (incantation magic) verse recited:
Hátt eru segl við húna hengd með strengi snúna.Séð hef ég ristur rúnamig rankar við því núna.

Ofan af öllu landiógn og stormur standi,særokið með sandisendi þeim erkifjandi.

hedendom:

Galdratöluskip

Translated this means “Magic Numbered Ship” and is a very complex bindrune designed to be used against a robber’s ship so it will sink.

The bindrune should be placed in the vessel and then the following galdr (incantation magic) verse recited:

Hátt eru segl við húna 
hengd með strengi snúna.
Séð hef ég ristur rúna
mig rankar við því núna.
Ofan af öllu landi
ógn og stormur standi,
særokið með sandi
sendi þeim erkifjandi.
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hedendom:

The Rings Of Charlemagne

There are nine rings in total and each is said to have a separate power and effect. Shown above are all nine rings, divided into groups of three, as they are drawn.

The first group of three rings (Top picture):

  • The first protects from a troubled mind, the devil’s pranks and enemy attacks.
  • The second stops all fear in your heart and protects against sudden death.
  • The third will fill your enemies mind with confusion, they will be troubled, feel numb and turn away rather than fight you.

The second group of three rings (Middle picture):

  • The fourth is to be used for healing sword wounds
  • The fifth will prevent one from losing one’s way and stop a man succumbing to devilish wiles.
  • The sixth prevents persecution or wrath from powerful and evil men.

The third group of three rings (Lowest picture)

  • The seventh grants popularity amongst men and promises victory in legal disputes.
  • The eight combats all fear.
  • The ninth protects against debauchery and falling to vice.
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hedendom:

wintherharlekin:

Scandinavian folklore (special focus on Norway)

Pictures:
Nøkken, Valemon, and Draugen by Theodor Kittelsen
Dragon, Huldra, Trolls, Elves, (first picture), by John Bauer
Fossegrimen by birgitte-gustavsen
Kraken by Bob Eggleton

THESE ARE GREAT!

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