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The Lukkustafir Blunder

Correction to the Title and Description and the Sigil Shape mismatch


If you want more detailed information about Lukkustafir and Galdrastafir in general please visit my main page.

As found on web search:

There is an image seen multiple times throughout the internet when doing an image search on the word Lukkustafir. I have downloaded it, edited it, and put this here in the hope that anyone else searching will immediately see my corrections.

The symbol shown is that which was published in the book "The Galdrabók" by Stephen Flowers (both the 1st and 2nd edition), under the heading Lukkustafir within the section "Huld Manuscript".

the wrong lukkustafir the wrong lukkustafir
Galdrabok: An Icelandic Grimoire, Page 87
Steven Flowers, Published by S. Weiser, 1989
Edited Image with stave copied from images in the 1903 Essay
"Islandische Zauberzeichen und Zauberbucher" [IZZ] by Ólafur Davíðsson

Link to the book:

A second revised edition was published by Rúna Raven Press in 2005. The revision did correct many errors, however it did not correct the mistaken Lukkustafir diagram. In the second edition the item is shown on page 63.

I have spoken to Steven, who confirmed he copied this incorrectly from the German essay titled Islandische Zauberzeichen und Zauberbucher by Ólafur Davíðsson published 1903. Steven also confirmed he never actually viewed the original manuscript. And as Ólafur says in his essay, he himself never saw the manuscript either.

This error is repeated in another publication The Truth About Teutonic Magick by Edred Thorsson (the pagan pseudonym used by Steven Flowers) 1989, 1994.

Links to images incorrectly labelled:

*The text here reads "Wer dieses Zeichen trägt, mit ihnen, nicht erfüllen Rückschlag oder auf dem Meer oder an Land." Note the quote is not the same as in IZZ (refer below for the IZZ text).

As found within the Huld Manuscript:

The symbol in the image is actually the second Vegvísir in the original Huld manuscript (ÍB 383 4to), and is neither a protection symbol (Icel. Varnastafur) as supposed by some people nor ancient (at least not as old as implied). It is a guidance symbol so the person carrying it will not get lost (Icel. villist + ekki).

Huld Ms. P55 Huld Ms. P60
Lukkustafir, Page 55
Geir Vigfússon collection, ÍB 383 4to
Vegvísir, Page 60
Geir Vigfússon collection, ÍB 383 4to

Note that the lukkustafir are not protection symbols as some have written - they are good luck (Old Icel. Lukka) symbols so the person carrying them will not suffer misfortune (Old Icel. ſ l i ſ u m = slys = mishap, mischance). Refer to the translations of Icelandic and Runic text on my main page Galdrastafir: Icelandic Magical Staves

Links to the Huld Manuscript:

As found within Zeitschrift des Vereins für Volkskunde Vol. 13 (1903):

Islandische Zauberzeichen und Zauberbucher
Isländische Zauberzeichen und Zauberbücher, pp. 150-167, 267-279. pls. III-VIII.
By Ólafur Davíðsson, Zeitschrift des Vereins für Volkskunde Vol. 13 (1903)

Links to Isländische Zauberzeichen und Zauberbücher:

* The text here translates to
XXV. Lukkustafir (lucky symbols). ‘Whoever carries this symbol with him, encounters no evil, neither on the sea nor on the land.’

And finally:

All of the above analysis is based on the Huld manuscript version of Vegvísir. In that, the way the text wraps around both items No. XXVII and XXIX gives the reader the impression that the text applies to both of them. However, this is not the only manuscript to give both these symbols. In another it applies the Vegvísir text only to the eight armed wheel Vegvísir and has no text or title on the second, casting doubt on whether the second is a Vegvísir at all. Furthermore, it seperates the second symbol into two distinct parts. Should you wish to have firther information about this please write to me.

  1. Huld Manuscript, ÍB 383 4to by Geir Vigfússon, 1860
  2. The Galdrabók - An Icelandic Grimoire by Stephen Flowers, Samuel Weise Inc., York Beach, Maine, 1989
  3. Isländische Zauberzeichen und Zauberbücher (an essay) by Ólafur Davíðsson, 1903

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