36 Facts About Odin


Odin is a widely revered god in Germanic paganism.

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Odin appears as a prominent god throughout the recorded history of Northern Europe, from the Roman occupation of regions of Germania through movement of peoples during the Migration Period and the Viking Age.

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In Old English texts, Odin holds a particular place as a euhemerized ancestral figure among royalty, and he is frequently referred to as a founding figure among various other Germanic peoples, such as the Langobards, while some Old Norse sources depict him as an enthroned ruler of the gods.

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Forms of his name appear frequently throughout the Germanic record, though narratives regarding Odin are mainly found in Old Norse works recorded in Iceland, primarily around the 13th century.

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Odin is frequently portrayed as one-eyed and long-bearded, wielding a spear named Gungnir or appearing in disguise wearing a cloak and a broad hat.

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Odin is often accompanied by his animal familiars—the wolves Geri and Freki and the ravens Huginn and Muninn, who bring him information from all over —and he rides the flying, eight-legged steed Sleipnir across the sky and into the underworld.

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Odin takes part both in the creation of the world by slaying the primordial being and in giving life to the first two humans Ask and Embla.

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Odin provides mankind knowledge of runic writing and poetry, showing aspects of a culture hero.

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Odin is associated with the divine battlefield maidens, the valkyries, and he oversees Valhalla, where he receives half of those who die in battle, the, sending the other half to the goddess 's.

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Odin consults the disembodied, herb-embalmed head of the wise, who foretells the doom of and urges Odin to lead the into battle before being consumed by the monstrous wolf.

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In later folklore, Odin sometimes appears as a leader of the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession of the dead through the winter sky.

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Odin is associated with charms and other forms of magic, particularly in Old English and Old Norse texts.

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Figure of Odin is a frequent subject of interest in Germanic studies, and scholars have advanced numerous theories regarding his development.

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Odin is venerated with other Germanic gods in most forms of the new religious movement Heathenry; some branches focus particularly on him.

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Odin further suggested that the god of rage Oðr–Oðinn stood in opposition to the god of glorious majesty Ullr–Ullinn in a similar manner to the Vedic contrast between Varuna and Mitra.

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Odin is either directly or indirectly mentioned a few times in the surviving Old English poetic corpus, including the Nine Herbs Charm and likely the Old English rune poem.

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The tales about the Norse god Odin tell how he gave one of his eyes in return for wisdom; he won the mead of poetic inspiration.

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Odin is mentioned or appears in most poems of the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from traditional source material reaching back to the pagan period.

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In foretelling the events of, the predicts the death of Odin; Odin will fight the monstrous wolf during the great battle at.

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Odin will be consumed by the wolf, yet Odin's son will avenge him by stabbing the wolf in the heart.

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Odin is associated with hanging and gallows; John Lindow comments that "the hanged 'ride' the gallows".

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Odin is mentioned throughout the books of the Prose Edda, composed in the 13th century and drawing from earlier traditional material.

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Odin sends Huginn and Muninn out at dawn, and the birds fly all over the world before returning at dinner-time.

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Odin is mentioned several times in the sagas that make up.

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Odin is introduced in chapter two, where he is said to have lived in "the land or home of the ", the capital of which being.

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Odin was a very successful warrior and travelled widely, conquering many lands.

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Odin was so massive that he towered over the farm-yard buildings, spear in hand.

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The Roskilde Museum identifies the figure as Odin sitting on his throne, flanked by the ravens Huginn and Muninn.

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Instance, beside the figure of Odin on his horse shown on several memorial stones there is a kind of knot depicted, called the, related to the triskele.

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Odin had the power to lay bonds upon the mind, so that men became helpless in battle, and he could loosen the tensions of fear and strain by his gifts of battle-madness, intoxication, and inspiration.

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God Odin has been a source of inspiration for artists working in fine art, literature, and music.

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Robert E Howard's story "The Cairn on the Headland" assumes that Odin was a malevolent demonic spirit, that he was mortally wounded when taking human form and fighting among the Vikings in the Battle of Clontarf, that lay comatose for nearly a thousand years—to wake up, nearly cause great havoc in modern Dublin but being exorcised by the story's protagonist helped by the ghost of a Catholic saint.

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Odin was adapted as a character by Marvel Comics, first appearing in the Journey into Mystery series in 1962.

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Odin is mentioned through Santa Monica Studio's 2018 game God of War and will appear in its 2022 sequel God of War Ragnarok, voiced by Richard Schiff.

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Odin is a major influence in the 2020 Ubisoft game Assassin's Creed Valhalla in the form of an Isu of the same name.

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Odin is one of the playable gods in the third-person multiplayer online battle arena game Smite.

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