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Odin, All-Father of the Norse Gods

Odin is the All-father and leader of the Norse Gods. To the Norse people Odin was the most important of all Gods.

Odin is the All-father and leader of the Norse Gods. To the Germans he was Wothan and to the English he was Woden. To the Norse people Odin was the most important of all Gods. He was associated with wisdom, hospitality, war, battle, death, poetry, magic, prophecy, victory, virtue, thought, logic and the hunt. He is ruler of Valhalla.

Odin was the son of a Frost Giantess and the grandson of Ymir, who was the father of the Frost Giant race. Unfortunately, Ymir hated Odin’s father and sought to kill him and this brought about war. Together Odin and his two brothers, Vili and Ve, killed Ymir and used his body parts to create the world.

Odin had several wives but first and most beloved was Frigg. Odin was also blessed with nine sons: Thor, Balder, Hod, Tyr, Heimdall, Bragi, Hermod, Vidar and Vali.

Odin was far more personable than many other Gods were and often spent his time walking amongst the people on the mortal realm. He would go about in the guise of a wise old man, wearing a dark blue cloak and a wide brimmed hat pulled down to hide his face and missing eye. He would share his wisdom with those he spoke to, teaching them honour and virtue and ways to better themselves and all of humankind.

When in Asgard, the home of the Norse Gods, Odin sits upon a massive throne, which allows him to overlook the entire world. No one but Frigg is allowed to sit upon his throne. At his side, is his trusted spear, Gungnir, which was a gift from the God Loki. Gungnir was a magical spear that when thrown could not miss its target.

Odin is often seen with his two ravens, Huginn and Muninn (Thought and Memory), perched upon his shoulders and his two wolves at his feet. When on horseback he is always seen on his eight-legged steed, Sleipnir. Sleipnir is a son of the God Loki.

Odin is a God of great wisdom and knowledge, which he paid a heavy for. In his quest for knowledge, Odin sacrificed an eye to drink from the well of Mimir so he could gain wisdom. He also hung on the World Tree Yggdrasil for nine days and nights to gain the knowledge and power of the Runes. Most of what Odin did was to gain greater understanding of the world and all its mysteries and was used to help mankind.

Today Odin is still worshipped by many Pagans. Those of the Ásatrú faith hold him very dear to their hearts and he is much loved and revered by them. The word “Ásatrú” is old Norse and is the combination of two words; “Asa” which means “the Norse Gods” and “tru” which means “Faith”. Those of the Ásatrú have kept their faith in their Gods and still raise the mead horn in their honour and hail their names and will continue to, till Ragnarök itself is long past.

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Comments (2)

Good introduction of papa Odin. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks! There was so much that could of been said about him, it was hard to keep the article a reasonably length. He's a fantastic God, one of my favorites. We call on him when ever we are making mead.

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