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11th Mar '17 7:27:24 AM _ballerina_
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* There's an old English fairytale about the Hand of Glory: an old woman comes to stay at an inn for the night, begging shelter. The servant girl notices that the 'old woman' actually appears to be a man and only pretends to sleep, seeing him light the dead man's hand and start letting the house. She tries to wake her masters and finds them in a charmed sleep; she pours water, than beer over the hand and it does nothing; she finally pours milk over the hand and puts it out. Her masters wake and drive the theif away, or in one version the landlord's son shoots the theif and his cronies dead.

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* There's an old English fairytale about the Hand of Glory: an old woman comes to stay at an inn for the night, begging shelter. The servant girl notices that the 'old woman' actually appears to be a man and only pretends to sleep, seeing him light the dead man's hand and start letting looting the house. She tries to wake her masters and finds them in a charmed sleep; she pours water, than beer over the hand and it does nothing; she finally pours milk over the hand and puts it out. Her masters wake The landlord wakes and drive drives the theif thief away, or in one version the landlord's son shoots the theif thief and his cronies dead.
11th Mar '17 7:26:20 AM _ballerina_
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*There's an old English fairytale about the Hand of Glory: an old woman comes to stay at an inn for the night, begging shelter. The servant girl notices that the 'old woman' actually appears to be a man and only pretends to sleep, seeing him light the dead man's hand and start letting the house. She tries to wake her masters and finds them in a charmed sleep; she pours water, than beer over the hand and it does nothing; she finally pours milk over the hand and puts it out. Her masters wake and drive the theif away, or in one version the landlord's son shoots the theif and his cronies dead.
28th Feb '17 1:43:37 PM WanderingBrowser
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A [[PublicDomainArtifact Hand of Glory]] is a preserved [[HumanResources severed hand]] holding a candle, often one made from human tallow or each finger made into a candle. The Hand was often said to have belonged to a hanged man--either [[ASinisterClue his left hand]] or, if the man was a murderer, the hand that did the deed. Another source is the arm of an unborn child.

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A [[PublicDomainArtifact Hand of Glory]] is a preserved [[HumanResources severed hand]] that can serve as a source of light, either due to its holding a candle, often one made from human tallow tallow, or because each finger has been made into a candle. The Hand was often said to have belonged to a hanged man--either [[ASinisterClue his left hand]] or, if the man was a murderer, the hand that did the deed. Another source is the arm of an unborn child.



* In ''TabletopGame/DarkMatter'' what a hand of glory does depends on what the original owner did such as thief makes people fall a sleep while a magicians hand makes the user smarter and more skilled at magic.
* The Hand of Glory from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' can be worn around the neck (presumably not alight). It provides an extra place to wear a [[RingOfPower magic ring]] along with being able to cast a few spells.
** The Hand casts ''daylight'' (makes an object emit light) and ''see invisibility'' (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin) once a day even though these are the oppisite of the usual stealth uses for the Hand. These spells make it more usual for catching a sneak rather then sneaking around.

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* In ''TabletopGame/DarkMatter'' what a hand of glory does depends on what the original owner did did, such as thief makes a thief's hand making people fall a sleep while sleep, or a magicians magician's hand makes making the user smarter and more skilled at magic.
* The Hand of Glory from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' can be worn around the neck (presumably not alight). It provides an extra place to wear a [[RingOfPower magic ring]] along with being able to cast a few spells.
** The Hand
spells. Specifically, it casts ''daylight'' (makes an object emit light) and ''see invisibility'' (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin) once a day even though these are the oppisite opposite of the usual stealth uses for the Hand. These spells make it more usual for catching a sneak rather then sneaking around.



** The "Forged of Darkness" supplement for the ''{{TabletopGame/Ravenloft}}'' D&D setting included multiple versions of the Hand of Glory, each having different powers and a different number of fingers in the extended position.

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** * The "Forged of Darkness" supplement for the ''{{TabletopGame/Ravenloft}}'' D&D setting included multiple versions of for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' naturally features the Hand of Glory, each having in several different powers and a styles. Each different number form of fingers the hand has its own special powers - and its own special curses. The Many-Fingered, One-Fingered, Three-Fingered and Unfingered variants appeared in the extended position.2nd edition supplement "Forged of Darkness", then reappeared alongside the Four-Fingered and Two-Fingered variants in the Ravenloft Gazetteer V. Many-Fingered Hands of Glory provide a boost of necromantic magic, but can displace the user's soul when they are extinguished. One-Fingered Hands of Glory increase durability and grant a HealingFactor, but drain life-force when they are extinguished. Three-Fingered Hands of Glory boost the potency of a user's spells, but causes a potentially deadly surge of raw magical energy in the user when snuffed. Unfingered Hands of Glory provide shocking increases in mobility to the user, but age them in exchange for this speed and agility boost. Four-Fingered Hands of Glory are the classic "put people to sleep" variety, but cause nightmares in their user in exchange for their power. Finally, Two-Fingered Hands of Glory allow their bearer to enter the ethereal plane, but serve as beacons for the hostile creatures that throng that eerie otherworld.
29th Dec '16 10:25:31 PM Xtifr
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* ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' has Hands of Glory serving as channels from an extradimensional energy source. Not only do they bestow {{invisibility}}, they can be used to fire FrickinLaserBeams, though this causes the hand to degrade. The Laundry usually gets theirs from stray birds (ever wonder why there are so many one-legged pigeons?), though Chinese political prisoners aren't unheard of.
* ''Literature/LordDarcy'' story ''"The Eyes Have It"'' Lord Darcy and Master Sean find a Hand in a chest owned by Laird Duncan, the possession of which without a Research Permit from the Church is proof of practicing Black Magic.

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* ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' has Hands of Glory serving as channels from an extradimensional energy source. Not only do they bestow {{invisibility}}, they can be used to fire FrickinLaserBeams, though this causes the hand to degrade. The Laundry usually gets theirs from stray birds (ever wonder why there are so many one-legged pigeons?), though Chinese political prisoners aren't unheard of.
* In the ''Literature/LordDarcy'' story ''"The "The Eyes Have It"'' It" Lord Darcy and Master Sean find a Hand in a chest owned by Laird Duncan, the possession of which without a Research Permit from the Church is proof of practicing Black Magic.
16th Sep '16 11:40:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Hand in ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' is a powerful artifact that can open doors in timespace i.e. open gates to other worlds and ages. It is hinted that the Hand is Jack Frost's hand, who uses it to fold in time like a cursor on a computer screen.

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* The Hand in ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' is a powerful artifact that can open doors in timespace -- i.e. open gates to other worlds and ages. It is hinted that the Hand is Jack Frost's hand, who uses it to fold in time like a cursor on a computer screen.



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7th Sep '16 10:18:14 AM Wyvern76
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* One is used in the original ''Film/TheWickerMan'' against St. Howie.

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* One is used in the original ''Film/TheWickerMan'' against St.Sgt. Howie.
26th Jul '16 12:07:23 AM jormis29
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* In ''The House with a Clock in its Walls'' by Creator/JohnBellairs the villian Mrs. Izard uses a Hand to momentarily paralyze Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmermann when they and Lewis finally find the hidden Doomsday Clock.

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* In ''The House with a Clock in its Walls'' by Creator/JohnBellairs ''Literature/TheHouseWithAClockInItsWalls'', the villian Mrs. Izard uses a Hand to momentarily paralyze Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmermann when they and Lewis finally find the hidden Doomsday Clock.
5th May '16 7:34:39 PM dkiely
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The Hand is variously ascribed a number of magical abilities that it is supposed to produce whilst the wick stays lit, including providing a light that only the wielder can see, [[SkeletonKey unlocking any door]] it comes across or sending anyone into a household/anyone who looks into the flame to sleep/[[TheParalyzer paralyzing them]]. Generally any power that would be of use to a sneak thief. Generally an artifact of BlackMagic--something that no respectable sorcerer would own, use, or even want to touch.

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The Hand is variously ascribed a number of magical abilities that it is supposed to produce whilst the wick stays lit, including providing a light that only the wielder can see, [[SkeletonKey unlocking any door]] it comes across or sending anyone into a household/anyone who looks into the flame to sleep/[[TheParalyzer paralyzing them]]. Generally any power that would be of use to a sneak thief. Generally an artifact of BlackMagic--something that no respectable sorcerer GentlemanWizard would own, use, or even want to touch.
13th Feb '16 8:03:26 AM Sachiko
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* In ''VideoGame/ConquestOfElysium2'', the necromancer class uses Hands of Glory as catalyst for their more complex necromantic rituals, opening the veil between life and death to summon undead monsters or obtain knowledge. The sequel ''Conquest of Elysium 4'' adds the Markgraf class, who has a hobbit necromancer sidekick that also uses Hands of Glory for their rituals.
18th Jan '16 10:52:19 PM PaulA
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* The Hand from ''The Haunting of Hiram'' by Eva Ibbotson is a ghostly [[HelpingHands disembodied hand]] who wants to become a Hand of Glory. [[spoiler: He manages to achieve his goal after being shocked into action, just in time to save Helen from Adolfa by freezing her in place.]]

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* The Hand from ''The Haunting of Hiram'' by Eva Ibbotson Creator/EvaIbbotson is a ghostly [[HelpingHands disembodied hand]] who wants to become a Hand of Glory. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He manages to achieve his goal after being shocked into action, just in time to save Helen from Adolfa by freezing her in place.]]
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