E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The Scandinavian god of wisdom, and most celebrated of the giants. The Vanir, with whom he was left as a hostage, cut off his head. Odin embalmed it by his magic art, pronounced over it mystic runes, and ever after consulted it on critical occasions. (Scandinavian mythology.)