Publicada por Arith Härger / 9:30 PM /
Recently I have been writing about Rune Staves and Bindrunes and such ways to work with the runes, but the final thing one must do to make these type of magics work in the end, is with Galdor, or in other words, the power of speech.
The first people to work with such things, knew that the power of sound was crucial for the magics to work. The person who specialized in incantations and magic songs was known as Galdre. Calling upon the power of the runes, calling by their names, is a way for the spirits of the land to hear you and help you, and the very spirits of each rune will also be "awaken".
Some of the Anglo-Saxon verbal magic were preserved, and we know that there were a lot of incantations for various purposes. For you to have a simple idea of what this is ( because it is very hard to understand in its all even for those who work with Galdor ) Tolkien as you might know, researched everything that was possible to place his hands on when dealing with Norse mythology and Norse culture, and in his books it is possible to have the precession that he knew about Galdor, or at least its purpose in the lore, for example, the power of language or song all over his books, especially when it comes to the Elves, while singing, every mark of sadness embedded in the soul of the characters fades after hearing the elves sing or tell stories in the form of songs, Bilbo himself goes to Rivindell to rest, hearing the wonderful songs of the Elves, it touches everyone, or perhaps Gandalf, when he uses the back speech of Mordor or even the creation of Arda ( Middle earth ) in the book Silmarillion ,when the One, Eru Ilúvatar, comes forth and there was nothing, and the first thing created was sound, sound that started all the creation by its very power. It seems that the power of sound in Tolkien's fiction stories, has the power of both creation and destruction.
In our own Middle Earth, our physical plane, words too have the power to create and destroy, for example when people chant to themselves words of wisdom and strength, they are casting a spell upon themselves, to improve, its psychological, but with repetition of the words, we begin to have more strength and believe, because sound propagates and resonates within ourselves.
We are the only mammals that have this ability to verbalize, that alone makes us special, and Galdor takes the act of out creation to a different level.
So Galdor at its simple effect, is about the repetition of the words, empowered by your own voice, whenever you have a need, be it sleeping, have the will to do a task or any other thing that works directly with your psychological nature thus empowering your physical self as well, you use the power of Galdor, the power of speech to encourage yourself. In a simple way, it is like telling someone "You can do it! Go on! You can do it!" and that gives hope to the person and actually gives a sense of power to go on.
Rhyme is perhaps the most common and effective form of Galdor, it implants messages into your mind and creating them, also helps you to think, using your brain, activating and improving the form of reasoning. It is proved that after many years of not hearing a rhyme that we used to hear often in childhood, we will remembered it better than any other phrase that does not rhyme. This also applies to Galdor, and liek this you can have a glimpse of its power and how it was used by the Norse/Germanic Peoples, and by many others worldwide. We also see this in Shamanism, the chants that help inducing altered states of mind.
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