Magic Staffs

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The magicians, wizards, and sorcerers that inhabit the imaginary world of books, graphic novels, and movies are often portrayed as bearers of staffs. These undoubtedly special items vary considerably in both size and appearance – they can be as short as a forearm or resemble long walking sticks. It seems that writers and film makers share a preference for staffs made of wood, sometimes with crooked shapes and additional decorations in the form of stones, ribbons, or animal bones. Iron staffs are witnessed less frequently in literature and on the silver screen, the most representative example probably being the staff of...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Norse Sorceress : Mind and Materiality in the Viking World
EditorsLeszek Gardeła, Sophie Bønding, Peter Pentz
Number of pages91
Place of PublicationOxford & Philadelphia
PublisherOxbow Books
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)9781789259537
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78925-955-1
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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