Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The lungs, liver, etc., when torn by a conqueror out of an enemy's body.
“None of them ever swung a battle axe in combat, and they would puke at their first sight of a blood-eagle.”
“It's capable of making speaker cones rip out of their sockets like a blood-eagle on a back.”
“Foremost among these was the blood-eagle: Aenir victims were nailed to trees, their ribs splayed like tiny wings, their innards held in place with wooden strips.”
“Twice they had stumbled on the tortured bodies of clansmen nailed to trees and splayed in the horrifying blood-eagle.”
“For the slayer by a cruel death of their captive father, Ragnar's sons act the blood-eagle on Ella, and salt his flesh.”
“Odin; blood-eagle rite; worshipped by Norse in Britain;”
“In savagery there is not so very much to choose: it requires a calculus, not of morals but of manners, to distinguish accurately between carving the blood-eagle on your enemy and serving up your rival's heart as a dish to his mistress.”
“Rinarsey or Rinansey (Ninian's Island) now North Ronaldsay, and seized him, cut a blood-eagle on his back, severed his ribs and pulled out his lungs, and, after offering him as a victim to Odin, buried his body there. [”
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