The Rune Caster

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Janis & Sampe Allen
December 18th 2016, 9:20am
Updated December 18th 2016, 9:21am

We read in the sagas of the Vikings, Norwegians, records of instances of seið (witches ) carving runic symbols in wood in order to carry out a magic spell:
When they reached the shore, she hobbled on by the sea as if directed to a spot where lay a great stump of a tree as large as a man could bear on his shoulder. She looked at it and bade them turn it over before her; the other side looked as if it had been burned and smoothed. She had a small flat surface cut on its smooth side; then she took a knife, cut runes upon it, reddened them with her blood and muttered some spells over it. After that she walked backwards against the sun around it and spoke many potent words. Then she made them push the tree into the sea, and said that it should go to Drangey and that Grettir should suffer hurt from it.
--Grettis saga Ásmundarsonar, ch. 79

To be continued...