The Galdrabók

An Icelandic Book of Magic

Second, Revised Edition

Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D

101 Blz., ISBN 978 1 885972 43 9     
Rûna Raven Press, 2005     

The whole genre of texts concerning magic in Iceland is one that is very much deserving of expanded scholarly attention. What makes this kind of literature so worthy of our attention is the fact that it represents part of a continuing tradition and transmission of ideas from the pre-Christian age right up until the 20th century. The tradition of recording galdrar went on in secret in Iceland on a scale that is only revealed by the number of surviving manuscripts in the National Library in Reykjavík.
This second edition of the Galdrabók provides a completely reworked and revised translation of the text which takes into account the photographic reproductions of the original manuscript provided by Prof. Matthías Viðar Sæmundsson in his edition of the text. I have also almost doubled number of notes on the contents of the Galdrabók and the other appended examples of magical operations and signs from Iceland and other Germanic territories.
By better understanding the "magic," or what has been more aptly described as the "practical religion," of a people we come to comprehend that population´s way of looking at the world on a level deeper than mere narrative texts might provide. It is in this spirit that I offer this new edition of the Galdrabók.
- Stephen E. Flowers, Woodharrow, August 19, 2005

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The names Edred Thorrson and Darban-i-Den are pseudonyms of Stephen E. Flowers.
While Edred Thorrson was a significant influence on Heathenry in the 90s and turn of the century, nowadays he is strongly associated with The Asatru Folk Assembly.
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