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Stone of Odin

Holed Stone (Destroyed)


A bit of a silly story:
As late as a few years prior to the demolition of the Stone of Odin, a woman was known to have travelled about 12 miles to lay her pain-racked head within the healing embraces of Odin's Monolith. One can picture her disappointment on finding that her low stature precluded her from this privelege. After a little thought she gathered some small stones, and by standing upon them got her head into the desired hole. Whilst thus dedicating herself to the healer, the stones slipped away from beneath her and she was left with her head in the chill, relentless grasp of Odin. After several painful and frantic efforts she managed to extricate her head, and found that her neuralgia was cured, and that her only pains were where her head and Odin had come into too close grips.
From 'Standing Stones and Maeshowe of Stenness.' by Magnus Spence, in the Scottish Review of 1893 (v22, p401).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
24th March 2009ce

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