O is for Odin, Norse God of a Zillion Things – A to Z Challenge

My theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvib

My A to Z posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. I hope they spark your curiosity. I find it fascinating how so many stories crossed the boundaries of countries and even oceans.


O is for Odin

“In Norse mythology … Odin is associated with healing, death, royalty, the gallows, knowledge, battle, sorcery, poetry, frenzy, and the runic alphabet… Odin was known in Old English as Wōden, in Old Saxon as Wōdan, and in Old High German as Wuotan or Wōtan….” (Wikipedia)

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Odin sits atop his steed Sleipnir, his ravens Huginn and Muninn and wolves Geri and Freki nearby (1895) by Lorenz Frølich.

Stories of Odin spread during the Viking Age and later during tribal expansions and migrations. Odin can be found in rural folklore in all Germanic regions and the word “Wednesday” derives from Odin in many Germanic languages, including English.

Eight interesting facts about Odin

He:

  • is one-eyed and has a long beard (Old Norse texts)
  • carries a spear called Sungnir
  • wears a cloak and a hat
  • has animal companions: wolves Geri and Freki and ravens, Huginn and Muninn who bring him information
  • flies across the sky and into the underworld on an eight-legged steed called Sleipnir
  • oversees Valhalla where he receives half of the warriors who die in battle
  • consults with Mimir for advice (the disembodied head of a wise man)
  • is associated with charms and magic in Old English and Old Norse texts

Now I’m going to think of Odin every Wednesday:)


References

Feature Photo: Odin the Wanderer (1895) by Georg von Rosen (from Wikipedia)

Wikipedia


Do you Want More?

Go to my 2016 A to Z Challenge page to see my other posts on world mythology.

 

 

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

5 thoughts on “O is for Odin, Norse God of a Zillion Things – A to Z Challenge”

  1. Of course, Wednesday in German is Mittwoch…

    Ever seen the movie “The Vikings,” with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis? According to that movie, you couldn’t enter Valhalla without a sword in your hand. At the end, as Kirk Douglas is dying, someone hands him a sword, and he yells “ODIN!” before he dies… Anytime I see Odin’s name, I think of that…

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  2. John
    I haven’t seen that movie. I’m going to look for it. It sounds great. Thanks for stopping by and chatting.
    Best wishes
    Jo-Ann

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