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The vegvísir
Portion of page 60 of Huld Manuscript showing two Vegvisir symbols with title and description of use in Icelandic

A Vegvísir (Icelandic 'sign post') is an Icelandic magical stave intended to help the bearer find his/her way through rough weather.


The symbol is attested in the Huld Manuscript, collected in Iceland by Geir Vigfusson in 1860 (but consisting of material of earlier origin).[1]

A leaf of the manuscript[2] provides a drawing of the Vegvísir symbol, giving its name, and, in prose, declaring that "if this sign is carried, one will never lose one's way in storms or bad weather, even when the way is not known".[3]

In culture[edit]

A simplified version of the 'Vegvísir' has seen use as a tattoo, most notably by the Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk.

A stylized version of the 'Vegvísir' is used in pages of the Oghma Infinium in the video game Skyrim.


  1. ^ Flowers (1989:83).
  2. ^ Vigfusson (1860:p60)
  3. ^ Flowers (1989:88).