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.

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/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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!!Examples:

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* ''Forbidden Worlds'' #15 had the story ''The Glory Hand'' as can be seen [[http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com.au/2007/10/glory-hand.html here.]] In the story the hand points to [[PirateBooty pirate treasure]] and a demon bound to the Hand protects the wielder from the curse that guards the treasure.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} Box of Evil'' Igor Bromhead uses a Hand to steal a box that had the demon Ualac [[SealedEvilInACan trapped inside.]] It paralyzes the home owner while Bromhead steals the box right in front of him and Bromhead leaves the Hand behind him forcing the home owner to wait for hours till he could move.
** Another appears in ''Being Human'', Hellboy has a OhCrap moment when he sees it while Roger remains unaffected because he's "[[OurHomunculiAreDifferent not human]]". It doesn't help Roger's angsting about not being human.
* Balberith, Hell's Librarian from the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' comics created a Hand from the man who summoned her that turned her {{invisible}}.
* ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles''
* ''ComicBook/TheSixthGun'': Gabriel from the Knights of Solomon is introduced carrying a Hand. Cullen Bunn goes into more detail:
-->The infamous Hands of Glory are rooted in such acts of baseless cruelty and black magic that they can put the fear of both Heaven and Hell into the hearts of the bravest men. There are more than a dozen of these severed, pickled hands in the world, all taken from the bodies of hanged murderers. The hands were harvested while the bodies still swung under the light of a full moon. Even now, the sound of creaking ropes or the wind through the trees will cause the long-dead fingers to twitch horribly. It is believed that there is a connection between the hands and the spirits of the legendary Gallows Tree. Where the ghosts of the Gallows Tree are said to possess the gift of prophecy, though, each of the Hands of Glory has a unique property. Each hand is bled, dried, and dipped in wax. When these dead man's candles burn, they can ward off evil spirits, unlock doorways and reveal hidden passages, freeze people in their footsteps, render a speaker speechless, or allow one to travel great distances with a single footstep. Some lore holds that once a Hand of Glory is lit, only mother's milk may extinguish it. Others say that a strong breeze carrying the stink of the grave can douse the light. It is said that should a Hand of Glory be extinguished in this way, the restless dead will quickly rise up in the deepening shadows.
* ''Sparrow & Crowe'': Dr Xander Crowe replaced his right hand with a hand of glory when he lost it in his second altercation with Adramelech, an ancient Assyrian demon.

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* ''Film/AngelHeart'': While Harry Angel is searching Madame Krusemark's house he finds one.
* A Hand is used in the 1997 ''Quicksilver Highway'' to introduce an adaption of Creator/{{Clive Barker}}'s story, ''"The Body Politic"''.
* One is used in the original ''Film/TheWickerMan'' against St. Howie.

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* ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' book ''The Golem's Eye'': Harlequin carries one such "distinctive candle".
* In ''Franchise/HarryPotter [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' Malfoy notices a Hand of Glory in Borgin and Burkes. [[spoiler:He [[ChekhovsGun eventually uses it]] in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince the Half-Blood Prince]]'' for his plan to let Death Eaters into the school.]]
-->"Can I have that?" interrupted Draco, pointing at the withered hand on its cushion.\\
"Ah, the Hand of Glory!" said Mr. Borgin, abandoning Mr. Malfoy's list and scurrying over to Draco. "Insert a candle and it gives light only to the holder! Best friend of thieves and plunderers! Your son has fine taste, sir."
* A Hand also appears in a poem by the same name in the ''Ingoldsby Legends'' where it has the power to send a household into a deep slumber.
* 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.
* ''[[Literature/AubreyMaturin The Hundred Days]]'': Dr. Maturin is given a hand exhibiting [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dupuytren%27s_contracture palmar aponeurosis]] by a fellow physician to the point that the fingers are bent inwards and the fingernails growing through the flesh of the palm. The superstitious crew believe that it is a Hand of Glory and that it is a GoodLuckCharm making them upset when the dog eats it.
* ''Literature/TheIronDragonsDaughter'': Jane crafts a Hand to steal from [[OurElvesAreBetter Galiagante]].
* ''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.
* ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''
-->...a man thrust what appeared to be a child's severed hand clutching a candle toward him as he passed, muttering, "Hand of Glory, sir? Send 'em up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire. Guaranteed to work." Richard hurried past, not wishing to find out what a Hand of Glory was, nor how it worked;...
* Very common in the SimonRGreen Verse:
** In ''[[Literature/SecretHistories From Hell With Love]]'', it's revealed that Methuselah [[{{Crossover}} was in the Nightside]] during the events of ''[[Literature/{{Nightside}} Agents of Light and Darkness]]''. He stole an angel's hand so that he could use it to open a passage to the afterlife.
*** In another ''Secret Histories'' story, one of the many weapons which some enemy Mooks try to use against the Droods is a Hand of Glory made from the hand of a mummy, which was presumably cursed even before being made into one. [[spoiler: It's no match for Drood armor, and disintegrates.]]
** One of ''Literature/GhostFinders'' team leader J.C. Chance's favorite pieces of mystical equipment is a (''highly'' illegal) Hand of Glory ''made out of a [[Literature/TheMonkeysPaw monkey's paw]]''. Opening doors plus wish-granting equals ''major'' RealityWarper potential.
** The Seneschal from the Forest Kingdom novels uses one in ''Beyond The Blue Moon'', which was made from the hand of the first Forest King and hence, has the authority to open any door in Forest Castle [[spoiler: including those in the Inverted Cathedral]].

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Mentioned in ''[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E5NoPlaceLikeHome No Place Like Home]]'' (let's hope in-universe that it has nothing to do with [[PhysicalGod Gl]][[AxCrazy o]][[HumanoidAbomination ry]])
-->'''Anya''': And the Hand of Glory packs some serious raw power. Better institute a seven-day background check for-
* The TV ''[[Series/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' adaptation episode ''Walls'' had a Hand of Glory that could let people walk through walls. Unfortunately it comes with the side effect of a spirit trying to take over them.
* ''Series/LostGirl'' episode ''"Fae Gone Wild"'' a group of [[SelkiesAndWereseals Selkies]] use a Hand to recover their pelts from a safe.
* ''Series/PoltergeistTheLegacy'' episode ''The Substitute'' a group of students create a Hand in a ritual to summon "The Warden" and Father Philip in turn uses the Hand to banish it.
-->'''Philip''': Hand of glory, hand of power, conjured in [[TheHiddenHour the witching hour]]. The Warden's work is all unfurled, the Warden must depart this world. And with each douse, I thee confound,and dig thee deeper in the ground. And with the last, I thee command; return to hell without thy hand!
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS03E06RedSkyAtMorning "Red Sky At Morning" (S03, E06)]], [[ClassyCatBurglar Bela]] steals the Hand of Glory from the Sea Pines Maritime Museum. The hand came from a man hung for treason on a ship captained by his brother and acts as [[HauntedFetter his fetter]], allowing him to take vengeance on the people responsible for the death of their own family members.
-->'''Dean:''' A Hand of Glory? I think I got one of those at the [[HappyEndingMassage end of my Thai massage]] last week.
* Series/{{Constantine}} possesses a Hand, which allows the user to wake the dead for as long as the candles burn, but takes a few days off the user's life.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The ''Music/{{Rage}}'' album ''Reign of Fear'' has the song "Hand of Glory" about the hand.

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* 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 the neck (presumably not alight). It provides a extra place to wear [[RingOfPower magic rings]] along with a 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.
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' has the Hand as a top-level example of [[TheyWouldCutYouUp the Cheiron Group's]] Thaumatechnology. Instead of granting invisibility, however, it grants a light that enthralls all who see it. And unlike other examples, the user needs to have it grafted to their wrist first. It's always a bit cold and wrinkled, like you just pulled it out of a bath. Fun times can ensue if you blow the roll to use it - you get stuck staring at it ''yourself'' until someone puts it out (the flames don't consume your flesh, but only go out if you stick them in milk).
* ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'': It can paralyze anyone who looks into the flame as long as it is lit or until the victim is hurt and leaves them with no memory of what happened, but the hand can only be used indoors. Hands of Glory can be crafted by anyone regardless of magical power.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'': The Giovanni can create a Hand of Glory using a level 2 {{necromancy}} ritual that affects mortals. Must be handy for feeding.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'': Glory Hands are used for the Nightfingers spell that steals items from enemies while in combat.
* ''VideoGame/SolidAndShade'': Whilst GraveRobbing there is a small chance of being caught by the local guards unless the player is the lord of the place or carries a Hand of Glory.
* One of the objectives ''[[VideoGame/{{Thief}} Thief: The Dark Project]]'' is to retrieve Garrett's lucky Hand of Glory from the beggar, Issyt who managed to smuggle the Hand with him into Cragscleft Prison.

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