Postcards From Iceland, #14 – Urulu North?

Postcards From Iceland, #14 – Urulu North?

Dear Friend, what a peculiar mound! For a brief second I thought I was staring at Ayer’s Rock in Australia – called Uluru by the Aboriginals. Is this Uluru North?

One commonality between Australia and Iceland, is the impact tourists are having on the land. Ayer’s rock will be off limits to climbers as of 2019, reflecting it’s sacred place in Aboriginal culture.

Iceland’s popular spots are not sacred, not in a religious sense, but are treasures that we must safeguard for future generations. This summer has been a particularly busy year for the Lögregla (police), ushering tourists out of forbidden areas or chasing stolen sheep (not kidding).

I want my grandchildren to be able to see what I have seen, though I know that it’s only a dream. What is, is not what will be.

#14 – Uluru North?


Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts – delivered one per week – exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I’ve shared so many great adventures.


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems & Magic

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)

Rune

Rune Name

Maðr

(Mah-thur)

Old Icelandic

Maðr er manns gaman
ok moldar auki
ok skipa skreytir.
homo mildingr.

English

Man = delight of man
and augmentation of the earth
and adorner of ships.


Behind the Scenes

I wanted this image to appear like a vintage image, so I bumped up the contrast and muted the colors. I also bumped up the exposure on the rock.

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Postcards From Iceland, #13 – Channeling Ansel Adams

Postcards From Iceland, #13 – Channeling Ansel Adams

Dear Friend, I’m in awe of Ansel Adams’s work. He didn’t have digital cameras or computers to create his masterful photographs, instead, hard work and an indomitable will propelled him to create some of the most iconic landscape photographs in America.

His famous pictures took months to capture, and required him to scale mountain peaks in search of the perfect composition.

Thankfully, I was able to drive a car right up to Jökulsárlón Lagoon to take this picture, then used a very slick set of editing tools on my computer to try to emulate what Ansel Adams did in a darkroom.

It’s hard to take a bad photograph in Iceland!

#13 – Channeling Ansel Adams


Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts – delivered one per week – exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I’ve shared so many great adventures.


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems & Magic

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)

Rune

Rune Name

Bjarkan

(Bee-ar-kan)

Old Icelandic

Bjarkan er laufgat lim
ok lítit tré
ok ungsamligr viðr.
abies buðlungr.

English

Birch = leafy twig
and little tree
and fresh young shrub.


Behind the Scenes

This was a pretty dramatic set of adjustments in Adobe Lightroom CC. Mainly I converted it to B&W, then added heavy gradient filters to the top and bottom. I’m no Ansel Adams but I was very pleased with the results. The picture was shot with a Canon SX540HS, ISO 80, 4.3mm Focal Length, using the built in 4.3mm – 215mm lens.

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Postcards From Iceland, #12 – Arctic Buttercups

Postcards From Iceland, #12 – Arctic Buttercups

Dear Friend, tiny, yellow flowers blooming at the base of a glacier is such a beautiful, comforting sign. I may have been shivering on that cool June afternoon, but the light of Iceland’s midnight sun suffused the entire scene with a subtle, almost divine energy. It’s no wonder my Germanic ancestors revered the sun as a goddess – Sunna. Much of the ancient world associated the sun with masculinity – the ancient Egyptians with Ra, the Greeks with Helios, pulling the sun in a chariot. I embrace Sunna’s feminine energy. Her warmth on cold days always seems more like a mother’s embrace to me. Hail, Sunna!

#12 – Arctic Buttercups


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems & Magic

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)

Rune

Rune Name

Týr

(Teer)

Old Icelandic

Týr er einhendr áss
ok ulfs leifar
ok hofa hilmir.
Mars tiggi.

English

Týr = god with one hand
and leavings of the wolf
and prince of temples.

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Postcards From Iceland, #11 – Stormy Glacier

Postcards From Iceland, #11 – Stormy Glacier

Dear friend,

The winds howling through this glacial pass were fierce. Like Iceland, life is full of stormy weather; temperatures drop, winds pick up, rain and sleet drive us to take shelter.

Like weather, life’s little storms can come crashing on us unexpectedly. The key is to understand that these gales are a part of life, You can no more separate strife from human beings than you can the atmosphere from Earth.

How do you survive inclement weather – figurative or literal.? Be prepared, Make sure you have a safe harbor, and above all else, remember …This too shall pass.

#11 – Stormy Glacier


Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts – delivered one per week – exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I’ve shared so many great adventures.


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems & Magic

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)

Rune

Rune Name

Sól

Old Icelandic

Sól er skýja skjöldr
ok skínandi röðull
ok ísa aldrtregi.
rota     siklingr.

English

Sun = shield of the clouds
and shining ray
and destroyer of ice.


Icelandic Magical Staves

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Postcards From Iceland, #10 – The Lonely Mountain

Postcards From Iceland, #10 – The Lonely Mountain

Dear friend, my love affair with Iceland began when J.R.R. Tolkien introduced me to the Runes in his book, The Hobbit. That epic work of fantasy led to a lifelong fascination with the medieval and magical..

The 13 companions faced an impossible journey to a towering mountain in the north – The Lonely Mountain – where they had to slay the dragon, Smaug, to reclaim the dwarves’s long forgotten gold.

When I was snapping pictures and looked back and saw this mountain … I felt eight-years-old again! I was at The Lonely Mountain! (in my mind at least)

#ThePowerOfIceland

#10 – The Lonely Mountain


Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts – delivered one per week – exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I’ve shared so many great adventures.


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems & Magic

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)

Rune

Rune Name

Ar

(Ahhr)

Old Icelandic

Ár er gumna góði
ok gott sumar
algróinn akr.
annus     allvaldr.

English

Plenty = boon to men
and good summer
and thriving crops.


Behind the Scenes

When I saw this mountain, I was instantly transported to Tolkien’s Middle Earth. I knew the picture had to reflect that looming mountain and the dread in the hearts of the 13 companions. Every picture has a story to tell. In Adobe Lightroom CC, I darkened the sky with a (simulated) graduated ND filter and bumped up the contrast overall.

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Postcards From Iceland, #9 – Elf Door

Postcards From Iceland, #9 – Elf Door

Dear friend, the Icelanders’s belief in elves fills me with joy. That apparent whimsy adds a splash of magic in a mundane world. Every little hole or crack in the earth becomes a possible entrance to their domain.

By law, even major construction projects have to mind the possible homes of the hidden folk. I love that Icelanders choose to see the world this way. Whimsical? Maybe. Beautiful? Most certainly.

Like the poster in Fox Mulder’s office says – I want to believe.

P.S. The postcard shows a famous elf door at Thingvellir National Park

Want to learn more? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huldufólk

#9 – Elf Door


Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts – delivered one per week – exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I’ve shared so many great adventures.

Thanks to Anthropics for providing me a copy of their @LandscapeProApp. This package makes dramatic photo touch ups possible with a few clicks.

#Anthropics #LandscapeProApp


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)

Rune

Rune Name

Íss

(Eee-ss)

Old Icelandic

Íss er árbörkr
ok unnar þak
ok feigra manna fár.
glacies jöfurr.

English

Ice = bark of rivers
and roof of the wave
and destruction of the doomed.


Behind the Scenes

The main portion of this image was perfect right out of the camera, but the sky was rather bland. I used Landscape Pro to add a more typical Icelandic sky.

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Postcards from Iceland, #8 – Black Hole Sun

Postcards from Iceland, #8 – Black Hole Sun

Dear Friend,

We live in a world of high contrast. Unimaginable wealth, sitting side-by-side abject poverty. Beauty, accentuated by ugliness, peace and harmony marred by discord.

There’s some old wise saying about how you need darkness to know the light … perhaps.

All I know is that life is quite a show. Hang on and enjoy the ride. 

Peace out, from Reykjavik.

#8 – Black Hole Sun


Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts – delivered one per week – exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I’ve shared so many great adventures.

Thanks to The Omni Group (@OmniGroup) for providing me a copy of their latest version of Omnigraffle. I previously produced the complex graphics for this blog on my Mac, but am now able to do it on-the-go with my iOS device. There is nothing else like this on the market. https://www.omnigroup.com/omnigraffle/ios


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems & Magic

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)

Rune

Rune Name

Naud

(Nod)

Old Icelandic

Nauð er Þýjar þrá
ok þungr kostr
ok vássamlig verk.
opera niflungr.

English

Constraint = grief of the bond-maid
and state of oppression
and toilsome work.


Behind the Scenes

This photo was an accident. I happened to snap a picture of downtown Reykjavik then apply some contrast. I had no idea it would look like a blackhole was opening up in the sky. That’s what I love about photography – there’s the joy of taking pictures, then there’s the joy of discovering what pieces of art you actually have. The main adjustments were to remove color and bump up the contrast. I didn’t do much more than that.

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Postcards From Iceland, #7 – Crystal Clear

Postcards From Iceland, #7 – Crystal Clear

 

Dear friend, the real beauty of Iceland is in its transient nature. What we find so breathtaking, the towering waterfalls, the roaring rapids, and the calving glaciers, are the processes of change … of death.

That torrent of blue water in my picture is the lifeblood of an ancient glacier; a sentinel that’s stood witness to the rise of human civilization over the last 12,000 years. That realization left me a bit hollow, if I’m being honest.

Did I help hasten that great sentinel’s departure?

#7 – Crystal Clear

This week’s runs is a perfect fit: Hagall, or Hail. It symbolizes violent change. But that change brings both destruction and the possibility for creation.


Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts - delivered one per week - exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I've shared so many great adventures.

Thanks to The Omni Group (@OmniGroup) for providing me a copy of their latest version of Omnigraffle. I previously produced the complex graphics for this blog on my Mac, but am now able to do it on-the-go with my iOS device. There is nothing else like this on the market. https://www.omnigroup.com/omnigraffle/ios


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)

Rune

Rune Name

Hagall

Old Icelandic

Hagall er kaldakorn
ok krapadrífa
ok snáka sótt.
grando hildingr.

English

Hail = cold grain
and shower of sleet
and sickness of serpents.


Behind the Scenes

Crystal Clear was taken with my iPhone 6s Plus then processed through Adobe Lightroom CC. The main adjustments were to increase the vibrancy and saturation, and to get reduce the shadows on the mountainside. My original shot was underexposed, but what you see in the edited image better reflects what I saw.

Before:

After:

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Postcards From Iceland, #6 – Flashback?

Postcards From Iceland, #6 – Flashback?

Dear Friend,

The heart of Reykjavík is the oldest part of the city and is nicknamed 101, the postal code for the area. It’s a vibrant cultural nexus, a place where the old and new intermingle in the most interesting ways.

The quaint, multicolored houses butt up against the distinctly modern Harpa Concert Hall. 

I snapped this shot in the window of a used bookstore. It reminded me of a scene from the 1960’s.

#6 – Flashback?


Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts – delivered one per week – exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I’ve shared so many great adventures.

Thanks to The Omni Group (@OmniGroup) for providing me a copy of their latest version of Omnigraffle. I previously produced the complex graphics for this blog on my Mac, but am now able to do it on-the-go with my iOS device. There is nothing else like this on the market. https://www.omnigroup.com/omnigraffle/ios


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems & Magic

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)

Rune

Rune Name

Kaun

(Kahn)

Old Icelandic

Kaun er barna böl
ok bardaga [för] ok holdfúa hús.
flagella konungr.

English

Ulcer = disease fatal to children
and painful spot
and abode of mortification.


Icelandic Magical Staves

Symbol

Icelandic name

Lásabrjótur

Manuscript Description

To open a lock without a key.


Behind the Scenes

I hope you are enjoying the photo. Many of the photos you’ll see in the coming weeks were shot with a Canon SX540HS but the Flashback? photo was taken with my iPhone 6s Plus then processed through Adobe Lightroom CC. The main adjustments were to desaturate the picture to give it an old B&W look.

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Postcards From Iceland, #5 – Two Tongues

Postcards From Iceland, #5 – Two Tongues

 

Dear friend,

This was one of my favorite vistas on the entire six-day trip. 

The dark foreground was comprised of sheets of ebony volcanic sand and gravel, like the surface of a black ocean leading to what could easily have been mistaken for an isolated island, but were actually two of the tongues of the Vatnajökull glacier – the most massive ice sheet in Iceland, and one of the top in Europe – flanking the central peak of Hvannadalshnúkur and oozing through valleys in the mountain range.

This felt like I was looking out across a barren planet in one of my favorite space operas. That is the magic of Iceland – the beauty and isolation, balanced on a knife edge, leaving you caught between a scream for help, and a shout for joy.

#5 – Two Tongues

Wow airlines was an appropriate carrier for us to fly in with, because I said wow a lot. I mean … a LOT! (can you blame me?)


Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts – delivered one per week – exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I’ve shared so many great adventures.


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems & Magic

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)

Rune

Rune Name

Reið

(Rayth)

Old Icelandic

Reið er sitjandi sæla
ok snúðig ferð
ok jórs erfiði.
iter ræsir.

English

Riding = joy of the horsemen
and speedy journey
and toil of the steed.

Want to learn how to pronounce all these arcane Old Norse words? https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Old_Norse/Grammar/Alphabet_and_Pronunciation


Icelandic Magical Staves

Symbol

Icelandic name

Stafur gegn galdri

Manuscript Description

Staves against witchcraft.

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.

(From the website of: http://www.galdrasyning.is/  The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft, Hólmavík)

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