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Odin

Chief god of the Scandinavians.

His real name was Siggë, son of Fridulph, but he assumed the name of Odin when he left the Tanais, because he had been priest of Odin, supreme god of the Scythians. He became the All-wise by drinking from Mimer's fountain, but purchased the distinction at the cost of one eye.

His one eye is the Sun.

The father of Odin was Bör.

His brothers are Vilë and Ve.

His wife is Frigga.

His sons, Thor and Balder.

His mansion is Gladsheim.

His seat, Valaskjalf.

His court as war-god, Valhalla.

His hall, Einherian.

His two black ravens are Hugin (thought) and Munin (memory).

His steed, Sleipnir (q.v.).

His ships, Skidbladnir and Naglfar.

His spear, Gungner, which never fails to hit the mark aimed at.

His ring, Draupner, which every ninth night drops eight other rings of equal value.

His throne is Hlidskjalf.

His wolves, Geri and Freki.

He will be ultimately swallowed up by the wolf Fenris or Fenrir. (Scandinavian mythology.)

The vow of Odin.
A matrimonial or other vow made before the “Stone of Odin,” in the Orkneys. This is an oval stone, with a hole in it large enough to admit a man's hand. Anyone who violated a vow made before this stone was held infamous.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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