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A bone-salve is likely to be used against broken bones, but there is little or no indieation as to how the bones were broken. The inj ury may have been inflieted by an axe. Leechbook I, XXVIII mentions one wound-salve 'if a man is wounded with iron', and another 'if a man is hit with a tree or with a stone'. At the same time the present salve is efficient against headaehe and against weakness of any limbs. E. Ud and Um both mean 'lirnb', so it is a matter of sympathetie magie. Radish, beetroot and a root of Maeedonian parsley may have the antipathetic function of drawing the pain out of the head, j ust as they draw the main strength of the plants into the roots.
E. rice means both potent and opulent. The oak was the holy tree of the Germanic peoples and it will hardly be neeessary to point out the power it had on that aecount. E. E. wir, 'wire, ornament made of (gold or silver) wire'. The crabtree was invested with mythological powers against poisonous infections, as we know from the Nine Herbs Charm (No. 9). , strong. The pie ces of bark themselves may simply stand for the trees, as pars pro toto, or they may have a special function in healing a broken head, where the bones of the skull stand in the same relation to the brain as the bark to the tree.
Sixteen charms: No. 5, 6, 17, 20, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 42, 76, 79, 81. 4) Cf. M. R. James, A descriptive Catalogue 01 the Manuscripts in the Library 01 Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. 1912. 25 Regius 2 A XX. Nine charms: No. 37, 38, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61. Corpus Christi College 41, Cambridge. Seven charms: No. 1, 12, 13, 15, 16, 43, 48. Cotton Caligula A xv. Three charms: No. 34, 68, 69. Cotton Faustina A X. Three charms: No. 39, 40, 82. Junius 85, Bodleian Library, Oxford. Three charms: No.
Anglo-Saxon Magic by Dr. G. Storms (auth.)