The rib of a corpse. Stolen gray wool from the sheep of a widow. Regurgitated communion bread. These are the ingredients needed to breed a “tilberi,” a magical milk-collecting creature, and just one of the spellbinding attractions you’ll see in this live virtual tour of Strandagaldur, The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft!
In this one-hour tour, curator Anna Björg Þórarinsdóttir will take you back to 17th century Iceland when a witch craze was sweeping the land. You’ll discover how and why Iceland’s witchhunt was different than others around the globe and find out what exactly Icelanders were trying to achieve through magic. As you explore the museum’s exhibit, Anna will explain how to create your own magical items, like a gruesome pair of necropants. You’ll also get to decipher some secret staves (symbols) from Icelandic grimoires as Anna regales you with mystifying, and sometimes horrifying, tales of Icelandic folklore.
Prepare to be dazzled (and maybe a little grossed out) by the legendary magic of Iceland!
Anna Björg Þórarinsdóttir has been the curator of the Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft since January 2019. A farm girl born and bred in the Westfjords, Anna studied Tourism at the University of Iceland, where her final thesis was about the Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft. She worked two summers at the museum before the founder and former curator of the museum unexpectedly passed away, prompting her to step up and manage the self-owning institution which runs the museum. She has given many interviews and talks about magic and the history of witchcraft in Iceland.
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