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Learned borrowing from Icelandic Rauðskinna, from rauður (red) +‎ skinn (skin). Piecewise doublet of redskin.

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Rauðskinna or the Rauðskinna

  1. A legendary Icelandic grimoire about black magic, which is said to have been buried with its author: the bishop Gottskálk grimmi Nikulásson.
    • 1967 December 1, Einar Haugen, Fire and Ice: Three Icelandic Plays, University of Wisconsin Press, →ISBN, page 20:
      This concerns Bishop Gottskalk the Grim and his powerful book of magic, the Rauðskinna (The Red Book, lit. “redskin”).
    • 1997 July 31, Kevin J. Hayes, Folklore and Book Culture, University of Tennessee Press, →ISBN, page 51:
      [] but it seems much the same as another book often mentioned in the Icelandic magicians’ legends, the Rauðskinna (Redskin). Legend generally credits the authorship of the Rauðskinna to Gottskálk Nikulásson, [] According to legend, he gathered together all the black spells, none of which had been used since heathen times, and compiled them as the Rauðskinna, []
    • 2016 January 22, Stephen E. Flowers, Icelandic Magic: Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires, Inner Traditions – Bear & Company, →ISBN, page 44:
      The most famous and sinister of all these books was Rauðskinna (Red-Skin). [] Rauðskinna is said to be a book of the blackest magic, drawn from the Heathen Age.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Rauðskinna.