The King of Asgard
|Title(s)|| *Lord Odin|
*God of Wisdom, Victory & Magic
*The Allfather of the Gods
*The King of Asgard
|Parents||Borr and Bestla|
|Sibling(s)||Vili and Ve|
Odin (also Óðinn, Wodan, Woden, or Wotan, from Old Norse) is a widely revered god, a war god, and is one of the principal gods in Norse mythology. He is the God of War, Wisdom, Sovereignty, Victory, Magic, Shamanism, Poetry, and the Dead. Odin is the King of Asgard, and he is also the chief ruler (The Allfather) of the Æsir (the main pantheon of Norse gods) in Norse mythology. Odin is compared to Mercury by Tacitus.
His name came from Old Norse "Óðinn", Old English "Wôden", Old Saxon "Wôdan", Old High German "Wôtan" which all came from Proto-Germanic "*Wōđanaz" which means "Master of Ecstacy". His name is also related to "Óðr" which means "Divine Madness", "frantic", "furious", "vehement", "eager", as a noun "mind, feeling" and also "song, poetry"; Orchard (1997) gives "the frenzied one."
|Name (Old Norse)||Name (Anglicised)||Meaning|
|Aldaföðr||Aldafodr||Father of men|
|Aldagautr||-||Gautr of men|
|Alföðr||Alfodr/Allfather||Father of all|
|Algingautr||-||The aged Gautr|
|Angan Friggjar||-||Delight of Frigga|
|Asagrim||-||Lord of the Aesir|
|Auðun||Audun||Friend of wealth|
|Bági ulfs||-||Enemy of the wolf|
|Biflindi||-||Spear shaker/Shield shaker|
|Bróðir Vilis||Brodir Vilis||Vili's brother|
|Burr Bors||-||Borr's son|
|Draugadróttinn||-||Lord of the undead|
|Ennibrattr||-||High forehead/Straight forehead|
|Faðmbyggvir Friggjar||Fadmbyggvir Friggjar||Dweller in Frigg's embrace|
|Faðr galdr||Fadr galdr||Father of magical songs|
|Farmaguð||Farmagud||God of cargo|
|Farmr arma Gunnlaðar||Farmr arma Gunnladr||Burden of Gunnlöð's arms|
|Foldardróttinn||Foldardrottinn||Lord of the Earth|
|Fráríðr||Frarifdr||One who rides forth|
|Frumverr Friggjar||-||First husband of Frigg|
|Galdraföðr||Galdrafodr||Father of magical songs|
|Gapþrosnir||Gapthrosnir||The one in the gaping frenzy|
|Gautatýr||-||God of the Geats|
|Glapsviðr||Glapsvidr||Swift trickery/Swift in deceit/Maddener/Wise in magical spells|
|Goði hrafnblóts||Godi hrafnblots||Goði of raven offerings|
|Gramr Hliðskjálfar||Gramr Hlidskjalfar||King of the Hliðskjálf|
|Hangadróttinn||-||Lord of the hanged|
|Hangatýr||-||God of the hanged|
He is depicted as tall, old, and wise. He has a long white beard, and he broods deeply over the mysteries of life and death. He sacrificed his eye in his youth to drink the magic mead from the Well of Mimir. Odin is said to summon kings and heroes who die in battle to Valhalla, where they spent their time feasting and fighting, ready to defend Asgard in the event of attack. Odin teaches that there must be self-sacrifice so that wisdom and power may be obtained.
Odin was portrayed by Anthony Hopkins on the 2011's Marvel Entertainment's feature film Thor.
In Old Norse, it means "the swaying one." It is the lance of the god Odin. It is made of Yggdrasil's sacred ash and Odin wrote his magic runes on its tip. According to Prose Edda, it was created by the Dvergr known as the Sons of Ivaldi under supervision of the master blacksmith dvergr Dvalin. It is described as a lance that is so well balanced that it never misses and will always strike its target when thrown, regardless of the skill and strength of the wielder.
It was also said that Odin had a crossbow that could fire ten arrows at once, each hitting separate targets.
From Old Norse which means "The Dripper," it is a gold ring worn by Odin. It has the ability to multiply itself by letting eight new rings 'drip' from it every ninth night, each one of the same size and weight as the original. It was forged by the dvergr brothers Brokkr and Eitri.
From Old Norse which means "The Slipper," it is a grey eight-legged horse owned by the god Odin. It is identified as the best of all horses. It was given to him by Loki.
Huginn came from Old Norse which means "Thought", while Munnin means "Memory" or "Mind." They are a pair of ravens that fly all around the world to bring information back to Odin.
It is the high seat or throne of Odin which allows him to see through all realms.
The Valknut is a symbol of Odin.
- Earth Manipulation
- Enhanced Intelligence
- Enhanced Wisdom
- Hunting Intuition
- Insanity Inducement
- Death Inducement
- Nigh Omniscience
- Predator Instinct
- War Manipulation
- War Inducement
- Weather Manipulation
In Popular Culture
In Video Games
- ↑ (Mackenzie 1912, p. 21)
- ↑ (Mackenzie 1912, p. 21)
- ↑ (Mackenzie 1912, p. 21)
- ↑ (Willis 1996, p. 196)
- ↑ (Mackenzie 1912, p. 22)
- ↑ (Thor, 2011 film)
- World Mythology by Roy Willis
- TEUTONIC MYTH AND LEGEND by Donald A. Mackenzie
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|Æsir||Baldr • Bragi • Dellingr • Forseti • Heimdallr • Hermóðr • Höðr • Hœnir • Ítreksjóð • Lóðurr • Magni • Meili • Móði • Odin • Thor • Týr • Váli • Vé • Víðarr • Vili|
|Asynjur||Bil • Eir • Frigg • Fulla • Gerðr • Gefjun • Gná • Hlín • Ilmr • Iðunn • Lofn • Nanna • Njörun • Rán • Sága • Sif • Sigyn • Sjöfn • Snotra • Sól • Syn • Þrúðr • Vár • Vör|
|Vanir||Dagr • Freyja • Freyr • Gersemi • Hnoss • Kvasir • Nerthus • Njörðr • Óðr • Skaði • Skírnir • Ullr|
|Jötunn||Ægir • Angrboða • Býleistr • Fárbauti • Fornjót • Hel • Helblindi • Jörð • Laufey • Loki • Mímir • Surtr • Útgarða-Loki • Ymir|
|Others||Bifröst • Borr • Búri • Einherjar • Elf • Máni • Norns • Valkyries|
|Realms||Álfheimr • Asgard • Jötunheimr • Midgard • Muspelheim • Niðavellir • Niflheim • Svartálfaheim • Vanaheimr|
|Abodes||Breidablik • Fólkvangr • Þrúðheimr • Utgard • Valhalla|
|Topics||Æsir-Vanir War • Ginnungagap • Poetic Edda • Prose Edda • Ragnarök • The Sagas • Yggdrasil|
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|Major Deities||Odin | Thor | Freyr | Freyja | Frigg | Loki | Baldr | Týr | Njörðr|
|Races||Æsir | Vanir | Jötunn | Elves | Dwarves | Valkyries | Einherjar | Norns|
|Realms||Álfheimr | Asgard | Jötunheimr | Midgard | Muspelheim | Niðavellir | Niflheim | Svartálfaheim | Vanaheimr|
|Abodes||Breidablik | Fólkvangr | Þrúðheimr | Utgard | Valhalla|
|Topics||Æsir-Vanir War | Ginnungagap | Poetic Edda | Prose Edda | Ragnarök | The Sagas | Yggdrasil|