Leader of the Aesir, husband of Frigg. Odin had a myriad of names including Allfather, Ygg,
Bolverk [evil doer], and Grimnir. He also had many functions
including being a god of war, poetry, wisdom, and death.
His halls were called Gladsheim, Valaskjalf and Valhalla. Odin's high seat,
Hlidskialf, was in Valaskjalf. It
was from this throne that he could see over all the world.
Valhalla is where he gathered his portion of the
slain warriors, Einheriar, whom the Valkyries had chosen.
would serve mead which forever flowed from the udder of Odin's goat, Heidrun.
They also served the warriors meat that came from the boar Saehrimnir,
which the cook Andhrimnir would prepare for eating by boiling it in the
cauldron Eldhrimnir. The boar magically came back to life before the next
meal. After eating, the warriors would go outside the hall and fight each
other to the death. They were, of course, brought back to life before the
next feast. All of this fighting was practice for when Odin would lead the
Einheriar in the final battle, Ragnarok.
Odin had a spear named Grungir which never missed its mark and a bow which
unleashed ten arrows with every pull. He also owned a magic ring called
Draupnir which created nine of itself every night. It was this ring that
Odin laid on his son Baldr's funeral pyre and which Baldr returned to
Odin from the underworld. Another one of Odin's prized posessions was his wonderful steed named
Sleipnir which had eight legs.
The horse was the offspring of Loki,
who in mare form seduced a giant's horse named Svadilfari. Sleipnir
could travel to the underworld and through the air. Odin also had two wolves,
Geri and Freki, and two ravens, Hugin [thought] and Munin [memory]. He sent
his ravens out every day to gather knowledge for him.
Odin sacrificed himself for knowledge by hanging on the world tree, Yggdrasil,
which means "Ygg's horse". Ygg is a name for Odin and horse is a metaphor for
the gallows. He thereby learns the runes. Another sacrifice he made for wisdom
was his eye. He gave it up in order to drink from the Well of Mimir which
bestowed great knowledge. Because of this, he is typically depicted as
having one eye. He is also depicted as wearing a cloak, being old,
having a long grey beard, and wearing a wide brimmed hat down low over
his face to conceal his one-eyed visage.
Odin was destined to die at Ragnarok; Fenris-Wolf swallowed him. Knowing
his fate, he still chose to embrace it and do battle, showing the true
warrior ethic. He was the god of warriors and kings, not the common man.
Many heroes genealogies start with Odin, including that of Sigurd
He was sometimes thought to be a
traitorous god, as shown in the sagas, who would strike down a warrior at
In Uberheim, Odin is the Regent of Asgard, a role he and Prince Sir
Thor regularly pass between them. The Regent of Asgard is responsible for the running of Asgard business, including the taking of aspirant gods to squire and the Ascension of those who prove worthy. Asgard Assemblies are hosted by the Regent which are open to all members of Asgard. An "inner circle" of sorts exists, called the Aesir, which
functions as a "senate" of the gods.
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