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Specifics: This is for Ghostbusters International

Iceland [1] is country located in northern Europe.


In the 1500s, Gottskalk Nikulausson placed a spell of protection on the Rauoskinna to make sure the book would never fall into the wrong hands. Spirits were bound to the book. It was later buried with Gottskalk in a secret tomb. Clues were left and hidden around the world by a secret society associated with the church in hopes they could one day use the book to control The Devil during Armageddon. Nearly 200 years later, in the 1700s, the clues were deciphered by Loftur Þorsteinsson. He found the tomb and book but was attacked by the Spirits of the Ocean when he tried to leave Iceland. He was presumed lost at sea and the book was recovered after it washed ashore then returned to Gottskalk's tomb. Erland Vinter was born in Iceland in the twentieth century but moved to Norway in his teens. Egon Spengler was fascinated by the legend of the Rauoskinna and invented the P.K.E. Meter in his search for it but concluded it was better to leave well enough alone.


  • On page 4 of Ghostbusters International #5:
    • In panel 2, various Icelandic magical staves and references are on the white board:
      • In the upper right corner is the "Að unni" stave for "So a girl loves a man"
      • To the left of the "Að unni" stave is the Ægishjálmur (or Helm of Awe), an Icelandic magical stave said to induce fear and to protect against abuse of power.
      • Below the Helm of Awe stave is the "Draumstafir" stave to "dream of unfulfilled desires"
      • Below the "Að unni" stave is the "Brýnslustafir" stave for use on whetstones
      • Southwest of the "Draumstafir" stave is the "Angurgapi" stave carved on the ends of barrels to prevent leaking
      • Right of the "Angurgapi" stave is the "Herzlustafir" stave, both the obverse and reverse. They are for strengthening, hence the words "Power Courage Outcome" written between them.
      • Below the obverse "Herzlustafir" stave is "The Black School" - a legendary school in Iceland near Wittenberg where witchcraft and magic were taught.
      • Below the obverse "Herzlustafir" stave is a Victory stave
      • Right of the Victory stave is the "Dreprún" stave to kill an enemy's cattle.
      • Under the "Dreprún" stave is a stave "to win a debate" hence "Argument debate" written near it
      • Under the argument stave is "Gottskalk" - a nod to the bishop Egon talks about in the legend.
      • Under the debate stave is a stave designed to "return to sender" or as written near it "return negative energy"
      • Right of the return stave is a "End strife" stave
      • Holar is a location in northern Iceland where Gottskalk Nikulausson served as bishop from 1496 to 1520.
      • Right of the reverse "Herzlustafir" stave is "Graskinna" and "Grayskin" - another famous book of magic from Icelandic folklore. It was said to be divided in two parts. The first part is in plain runes and contains harmless information such as palmistry and tricks for use in wrestling. The second part is in secret runes and contained evil spells that only evil men would use.
      • Right of the reverse "Herzlustafir" stave is a spell from the Galdrabók spell book.
      • Below the spell are three more sets of spells from the Galdrabók. One is 4 lines. The second, under it, is 2 lines. The third, under that, is one line and one character below it.
    • In panel 4, the Helm of Awe rune also appears on Egon's red book.
  • Gottskalk Nikulausson was an actual Bishop of Hólar who lived from 1469-1520 and served from 1496 to December 8, 1520. He also did have the Nikulausson the Cruel nickname.
  • Loftur Þornsteinsson and the story of his search for the book and being dragged underwater from his fishing boat was the subject of actual legend. Some claim it was suicide instead. He was never heard of after 1722 according to record.
  • In Ghostbusters International #5, the issue misspells Loftur's last name is a "B" instead of a "Þ" as well as other minor lettering issues with Icelandic terms and names.
  • On page 4 of Ghostbusters International #5, in panel 4, the rune that Loftur finds is the Ægishjálmur.


IDW Comics


  1. Egon Spengler (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #5" (2016) (Comic p.5). Egon Spengler says: "The clues were deciphered nearly 200 years after Nikulausson's death by the sorcerer Loftur Þorsteinsson, who found the grave, and the book... but it was attacked by the Spirits of the Ocean itself when he tried to leave Iceland with it."
  2. Winston Zeddemore (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #1" (2016) (Comic p.15). Winston Zeddemore says: "Let's see... Yeah... Erland Vinter was born in Iceland, moved to Norway in his teens, built up a tech company, made a fortune... collects books and art."


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