Icelandic Folklore of Necropants.

Icelandic #Folklore of the Nábrók and the Nábrókarstafur.

There are two sides to Folklore. One is light and cheerful like folk dancing and some folk music. Then there is a dark side that presents itself as sheer terrifying like this  Icelandic folklore about real human necropants.
Nábrók means “death underpants!” (No I’m not joking!)
They’re a pair of pants made from the skin of a dead man, according to Icelandic witchcraft, generates a limitless money cache.

The Magick Ritual:
Legend dictates, in order create your own necropants or nábrók, one has to attain approval from the living person in order to use their skin for this ritual after they have expired.

This gruesome ritual states once the deceased man has been buried, he must be dug up and excoriate in one piece his skin from the waist down.

When you step into the skin of the cadaver the Nábrók will fuse itself to your lower body.

Next, you must pillage a coin from a poor widow and place in the scrotum with the magical sigil,  nábrókarstafur, penned on a scrap of paper.

Then, the coin will attract money continuously into the scrotum as long as no one disturbs the initial coin.

The Christian twist to this is for one that desires to attain salvation, the owner of the necropants must convice an unweary male to accept ownership of the nábrók and pop into the pants immediately. 

The nábrók will continue producing coins for ages.
Icelandic Sigil of the nábrókarstafur.

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 The Galdrabók

#Folklore #Iceland

In the The Galdrabók (Icelandic Book of Magic) is an Icelandic grimoire dated to ca. 1600 some of the inyteresting herbs in this book was named after the Norse gods and goddesses such as Baldr’s brow and Frigg’s herb. These herbs were used in spell work.
The leek was known for magickal runic formula.

circa 45o C.E.

Icelandic Herbal healing stones were used to ward off disease.

Odin Discovers The Runestones.

Woten/Odin Wednesday!

To some gods wisdom is more precious than gold!

Did you know that Woten or Odin has several names? He is known as the Allfather, Grimnir, the god of gallows, god of prisoners and cargoes.

In Hlidskjalf, Odin is perched on his majestic throne, viewing all things. He has two ravens Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory) that fly throughout the worlds relaying important information to him.

Woden/Odin’s thirst for so much wisdom and magick that he hung himself upside down on Yggdrasil, the Norse world tree,for nine nights. The number 9 means an ending leading to a new beginning.

This is not Odin’s first time he sacrificed himself. Odin sacrificed his right eye in the spring of Mimir in exchange for High Wisdom. Odin pierced his own side with a spear. He suffered great pain like a clam creating a beautiful pearl, the runes and their magic unveiled ancient magickal, wisdom to him. After much pain and suffering and on the discovery of the runes, his rope breaks and Odin falls to the ground free of his trial by fire.
Odin is now a wise and powerful wizard.

~ Nifty Buckles

 
I know I hung on that windswept tree,

Swung there for nine long nights,

Wounded by my own blade,

Bloodied for Odin,

Myself an offering to myself:

Bound to the tree

That no man knows

Whither the roots of it run.
None gave me bread,

None gave me drink.

Down to the deepest depths I peered

Until I spied the Runes.

With a roaring cry I seized them up,

Then dizzy and fainting,

I fell.
Well-being I won

And wisdom too.

I grew and took joy in my growth:

From a word to a word

I was led to a word,

From a deed to another deed.
~ The Poetic Edda

Circa 1200 CE.

‘Hvítserkur’ in Icelandic Folklore

Hvítserkur: 15 m high basalt stack along the Vatnsnes peninsula in Iceland looks like a drinking dragon yet acording to Icelandic folklore it is a petrified troll.

The folklore behind this is about a ornery troll named,  Hvítserkur who resided in the caves of Mount Baejarfell, Strandir

One day the troll was unerved by the boisterous ringing of a monstrous bell in Thingeyrar.

Hvítserkur, journeyed away from his home in order to locate the consistent bell ringing. It was midwinter when he traveled to Hunafloi with his son Bardur. After a huge quarrel with his father Bardur won the arguement to travel through the fjords. 

Trolls can only travel at night and will turn into stone if exposed to the sunlight.

So the father and son journeyed through the fjords at night. Unfortunately, Bardur was smaller and was slowed down wandering through the fjords. Early dawn was fast approaching. The pair had to arrive at Vatnsness before the daylight broke. Hvítserkur began to increase his pace over the mountains. Just as the Dawn, was breaking Hvitserkur threw his hammer attempting to smash the ringing church bell at Thingeyrar. Hvítserkur missed the bell with his spiralling hammer and he quickly looked up at the rising sun and was instantly turned to stone! Sadly, Bardur had turned to stone on the beach.

Today, Hvítserkur hammer can be seen on the eastern Thingeyrarsand.

Lagarfljótsormur Icelandic Sea Dragon

#iceland #Folklore

Lagarfljótsormur
The Lagarfljótsormur, Lagarfljót worm, also called the Icelandic Worm Monster is an Icelandic lake mythological creature which lives in lake Lagarfljót, in the town of Egilsstaðir. Many sightings have been logged since 1345 and continue to present day. Alledgedly,there is a 2012 video recording the cryptid swimming.
The folklore recorded by Jón Árnason, mentions, the great serpent in Lagarfljót grew out of a small “lingworm” or heath-dragon; a girl was given a gold ring from her mother, and asked how she might gain profit from the gold, she was told to place it under a lingworm. She followed her mother’s instructions, and laid it carefully, in the top of her linen drawer for several days. She suddenly, discovered that the wee dragon had grown humongous!
 The monsterous worm  had cracked open the drawer. Teriffied, the girl threw both the large worm and the gold into the lake. The serpent kept growing and terrorized the country folk, spewing poison and killing people and animals. Two Finns called in to destroy it and retrieve the gold. They reported that they  bound the monster’s  head and tail to the bottom of the lake. They also claimed it was impossible to kill it because a larger dragon laid underneath!

Scandinavian Tree Spirits ~ ‘Trädandar’

Scandinavian,

Trädandar are shapeshifting tree spirits.

They speak to each other through the whispering leaves.
Legend: the deceased souls of folks transform into tree spirits. 
They also help take care of their environment.

So remember to be kind to trees you never know who resides in them.