Norse GOD: Odin

The Norse Gods may be a concept of pagan myth but their influence affects the world we live in today. For example, the seven days of the week are named after these gods and the ideals that they are said to have believed in:

  • Monday - Moon's Day 
  • Tuesday - Tyr's Day
  • Wednesday - Woden's Day (Anglicised into Odin)
  • Thursday - Thor's Day
  • Friday - Freyja's Day
  • Saturday - Saturn's Day
  • Sunday - Sun's Day
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Odin is perhaps the most famous god of Norse mythology, son of Borr and Bestla, brother of Vili and Ve, father of all men and gods alike (similar to his Greek counterpart Zeus). Odin traded his right eye for the right to drink from Mimir's Well, endowing him with the knowledge and wisdom of Mimir who was wisest prophet of all. Odin's ravens Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory) would fly over the nine worlds every day, returning at night to inform him of the day's events....

Odin's wolves, Geri and Freki followed him wherever he went and he would feed them his food whilst he survived on only wine and mead. He was the king of Asgard, living in Gladsheim (a golden house) and sat upon a grand throne named Hlidskjalf from which he could see the entire universe, allowing only his wife (among many) Frigg to join him on the throne. In yet another sacrifice, Odin hung himself from the world tree known as Yggdrasil for nine days giving him the knowledge and power of the runes (secrets). Odin was known as the father of the slain for he owned Valhalla, the hall of the slain, a place where only the best warriors would be taken by Valkyries when they died, the other warriors would go to Folkvang home to the goddess Freyja. At the end the world, known as Ragnarok, Odin will be killed by The Fenrir Wolf. Vidar (one of Odin's many sons) is said to take revenge on the wolf after surviving Ragnarok.