Odin The Allfather Of The Aesir In Norse Mythology 2017-02-18T16:02:56+00:00

Odin: The allfather

Odin (Old Norse Óðinn) is a God and ruler of Asgard in Norse mythology. Odin is the most powerful God in Asgard and he lives in the house called Valaskialf, in this house Odin has a tall tower and in the top of the tower he has a throne called Hlidskialf, from here Odin can see throughout all the nine worlds.

Odin is associated with healing, death, royalty, wisdom, battle, sorcery, poetry, and the runic alphabet, but also the day “Wednesday” is known as Odin’s day and he is thought to be “the leader of souls”. Odin looks like a sorcerer, and may have been an inspiration to Gandalf from J.R.R Tolkien’s books Lord of the Ring and the Hobbit. Odin is able to shapeshift just like Loki, into any animal shapes at will. Odin mostly speaks in phrases and riddles, and Odin’s voice is so soft that all who hears him speak thinks all he says is true. Odin can also just say a single word and be blowing out the flames of a fire, or tone down waves of the sea.

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“Odin the Allfather” by Carl Emil Doepler (1905)

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“Odin and Frigg at the heaven’s window” by Carl Emil Doepler (1905)

Odin’s powers

Odin is seldom active in a battle but when he is, he can make his enemies blind in combat, deaf or horror-struck, Odin can even make their weapons hit like sticks, or make his own men as strong as a bear and go berserk. Odin can predict the fade of all humans, and see their past, he even knows that one day Ragnarök will start and there is nothing he can do to prevent it. Odin also has the ability to travel to remote lands, in his or in the memories of others. Odin can send people to their death or give them an illness. Some people sacrifice to Odin, and give him good promises, and hope by this to gain insight into whether they can win a battle or not.

Odin is the grandson of Buri the first Æsir, and he is the son of the half-God, half-giant Bestla and Bor. Odin has two brothers, Vili and Ve, together his brothers Odin created the world in Norse mythology. Odin is married to the beautiful Goddess Frigg, together they have the sons Baldr and Hod, but Odin also have others sons. Some of the giantess who lives in Jotunheim (the land of the giants), is so beautiful that even Odin can not resist them. Odin has on many occasions traveled to Jotunheim to be with one of those beautiful giantess. This has resulted in that Odin became the father of Thor (the God of thunder) with the giantess. Odin and the giantess Grid also have a son, Vidar. Odin and the giantess Rind are the parents the son Vali.

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“Odin and the Völva” by Carl Emil Doepler (1905)

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“The wild hunt” by Carl Emil Doepler (1905)

Odin’s horse is named Sleipnir

Sleipnir (Old Norse “Slippy” or “The Sliding One”) is a gray eight legged horse, this horse is a magical horse, and the most beautiful of all horses. Sleipnir is the symbol of the wind, and has the marks of hell upon it. Sleipnir can just as easily gallop through the air as on land. Sleipnir was born by the God Loki when he shape-shifted into a mare and used the stallion of the giant builder to become pregnant. Sleipnir was later on given to Odin as a gift from Loki.

Huginn and Muninn

Huginn “thought” and Muninn “memory” are two ravens Odin sends out every morning to bring him the latest news from all over the world. They always come back each evening and whisper to Odin what they have heard and seen, when they are not exploring the world, they sit next to Odin on his throne in Asgard.

Geri and Freki

Geri “the ravenous” and Freki “greedy one” are Odin’s two wolves, Odin gives them all his food from the table because Odin does not need any food to live, wine is all he needs to keep him alive. When Odin is walking around both Geri and Freki will follow Odin.

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“Odin and Frigg at the heaven’s window” by Carl Emil Doepler (1905)

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“Odin heals Baldr’s horse” by Carl Emil Doepler (1905)

Odin’s spear Gungnir

Odin has a magical spear named Gungnir, this magical spear will always hit its mark and will always kill. Gungnir means “Swaying one” it was made from Yggdrasils Sacred ash, and Odin has written his magic and secret runes, onto Gungnir.

Odin’s magical ring Draupnir

Odin has a magical golden ring every ninth day eight, new rings will drop out of Draupnir. The eight new rings are of equal quality as Draupnir. The name Draupnir means “the dripper” The ring was forged by the dwarf brothers Brokkr and Eitri. The ring was one of three gifts for the Gods which also included Thor’s hammer Mjölnir and Gullinbursti. The dwarves made these three gifts in a bet with Loki that had said Brokkr and Eitri could not make better gifts then the three made by the sons of Ivaldi. In the end Mjölnir, Thor’s hammer, won the bet for Brokkr and Eitri. Loki used a trick to get out of the bet for his head. Since Loki only had bet his head, he said they could only cut of his head, but they were not allowed to hurt his neck, which was not apart of the deal. The dwarf brothers then punished him by sealing his lips with some wire. When Odin’s son Baldr died the ring was placed by Odin on the funeral pyre.

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“Odin in front of Mimir” by Carl Emil Doepler (1905)

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“Odin hanging on Yggdrasil” by Carl Emil Doepler (1905)

Odin sacrificed one eye

Odin sacrificed one eye to Mimir and in return he was allowed to drink a sip, from Mimir’s Well. Odin gained the wisdom of Mimir, and Odin became the wisest of the Gods and Goddesses in Asgard. Mimir means “the rememberer or the wise one”. Mimir was the wisest of them all, Mimir guards this magical well named Mimir´s well. Anyone who drinks the water from it will gain the wisdom of Mimir.

Odin hung himself on Yggdrasil

Odin stabbed himself with his own spear and hung himself on Yggdrasil “the tree of life” after nine days and nights of fasting and suffering. Odin then fell screaming from Yggdrasil, after having had the secrets of the runes revealed to him, but only for a second. The meaning of the word “runes” is secrets.