While an article written by "The Daily Mail" indicates that this break was due to a fear that the witch's magic would rise again, according to archaeological data and the vast research of scholar Neil Price, it is more likely that the wand was broken in respectful ceremony.Riley Winters is a recent graduate from Christopher Newport University with a degree in Classical Studies and Art History and a Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor She will be attending the University of Glasgow in for Celtic and Viking Archaeology...Scholars have debated its intention for years, shuffling between theories that it was a "fishing hook or a spit for roasting meat", before realizing in 2013 that it was likely a form of a magic wand.The bend toward the top of the wand was seemingly made just before the wand was laid to rest with the woman, as if to stem its magical properties.The finding of this Viking wand in 1894, and its subsequent interpretation by scholars does not necessarily add further insight to the field of pre-Christian Norse religion.However, what its finding does indicate is further proof that magic was likely a predominately female position, and considered important enough that the wand was worthy of being ritually destroyed before placed with its owner.This practice was most closely associated with the god Odin, in his guise as a war god, as well as Freyja, the goddess of fertility.
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Seiðr was one of the most common types of magic practiced during the pagan era of the Norse world, and its presence has been heavily recorded in the Icelandic sagas.
(Though again, one must remember that these sagas were written by Christians, used in such a performance.