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Odin. The Norse Gods.

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Odin, or Odinn in Old Norse, if you happen to speak that instead, though, I can’t really imagine you do.

Odin is the god of war and death, but also, surprisingly, the god of poetry and wisdom.  Of all the Norse Gods, Odin is regarded as the greatest and chief of them all. He is also the father of Balder, Hod and Hermod and of  Thor, the God of thunder.  (No one seems to be called Hod anymore. I wonder why it has not lasted as a name?)

Odin’s has an eight legged horse called Sleipnir and he is followed where ever he travels by his pet wolves, Freki and Geri. Odin never gets hungry and consumes nothing but wine. ( That’s a surprise.)

Odin also has only one eye, which blazes like the sun. He traded his other eye for a drink from the Well of Wisdom, and gained immense knowledge. He certainly doesn’t sound like the sort of guy you’d want to upset at all, does he, as you’d have to think he’d have be permanently plastered.

His hall is Asgard, hidden up in the clouds where he lords it over his cloudy kingdom while sitting on a  throne called Hlidskjalf. From here he watches all that happens in the nine worlds, including yours (and mine!)   News is brought to him by his two jet black ravens, Huginn and Muninn. Next time you’ve been bad and you hear a couple of crows squarking at you, you’d better watch out … you never know.

Odin also rules over Valhalla, the Hall of Fallen Heroes, where warriors slain in battle are sent to await the Ragnarok, the end of the world, transported there by the Valkyries, blonde battle maidens who are ruled by the goddess, Freya. Hmmmm.

Of the days of the week, Wednesday is named after Odin, or Wodan, as the English called him.

In this picture, Odin, the Wanderer(1886) by  Georg von Rosen, he looks an awful lot like Galdalf.

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Author: normanjorgensen

I'm an Australian writer of books for kids and teenagers. I like traveling and seeing the world, especially through the the lens of my camera. I'm addicted to old movies, red wine and books and decent music.

One thought on “Odin. The Norse Gods.

  1. Pingback: Designing the Norse Gods- Forebodin’ Odin, Therious Thor and the others « The Last Viking

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