Promise of Odin

(The). The most binding of all promises to a Scandinavian. In making this promise the person passed his hand through a massive silver ring kept for the purpose; or through a sacrificial stone, like that called the “Circle of Stennis.”

“I will bind myself to you ... by the promise of Odin, the most sacred of our northern rites.” —Sir W. Scott: The Pirate, chap. xxii.

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