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9 Spooky Spells from an Icelandic Book of Sorcery
The once highly rich tradition of Icelandic books of magic of the 16th and the 17th centuries has survived only in a fragmentary state. Despite this fact, Icelandic folktales speak about the existence of famous occult books owned by even more famous historically attested sorcerers. In Iceland, there are two main texts in the history of black books. He was the bishop of Holar who died in the year As for the book, it is said to be a book of the blackest of magic with knowledge preserved from the Heathen Age. It was said that this book was written with golden letters and runes on red parchment. According to legend, Gottskalk was buried with the Raudskinna as he never wanted to pass down the magic compiled in the book.
The Diligent Student of Holar
Jochum Magnus Eggertsson was a strange character. Each spell consists of a symbol called a stave , which is accompanied by runes that lay out the spell. Nearly people were charged for use of magic, or for having a magic book; more than 20, the majority of them men, were sentenced to death and burned. And I would argue that Icelanders still use the spells in some way. Maybe not as we did before, but we keep the tradition alive. Initially, they planned to photocopy each page—and then they heard about Arnar Fells Gunnarsson, a graphic design student at the Iceland Academy of the Arts.