ⓘ Odin


ⓘ Odin

Odin is the god of wisdom, poetry, death, divination, and magic in Norse mythology. Son of Borr and the giantess Bestla, Odin is the chief of the Æsir and king of Asgard. He is married to the goddess Frigg, and is father to the gods Thor, Baldr, Hodr, Vidarr, and Vali.

Known as the All-Father, Odin is often accompanied by two ravens, Huginn and Muninn, along with the wolves Geri and Freki; the god rides into battle atop an eight-legged steed, Sleipnir, and wields the mighty spear Gungnir, which was fashioned for him by the dwarves known as the Sons of Ivaldi and is said to never miss its target.

A defining feature of Odin his being one-eyed, a result of him having sacrificed an eye to drink from the Well of Urdr, which granted him an incomprehensible amount of knowledge of the universe. Odin himself often receives counsel from the severed head of the being Mimir, which recites secret knowledge to him. Half of the souls of those slain in battle will be guided by the Valkyries, battle maidens, to Valhalla, Odins enormous and majestic hall: the other half go to Folkvangr, Freyjas realm. Odin was known in Old English as Wōden, in Old Saxon as Wōdan, and in Old High German as Wuotan or Wōtan, all of which stem from the reconstructed Proto-Germanic * wōdanaz.

The modern English weekday name Wednesday bears the god’s name. from Old English Wōdnesdæg," Wōden’s day”.


1. Family

Odin is the son of Borr and the jotunn Bestla. He is married to the goddess Frigg, by whom he is the father of the twin gods Baldr and Hodr. With the giantesses Gridr and Rindr, Odin has two other sons named Vidarr and Vali. His eldest son is Thor, god of thunder, born to him by Jord, the personification of the Earth.