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Odin
Odin

Real Name

Odin, Wodan, Wotan, Alfodr, Yggr, Sigfodr, Bölverkr, etc.

First Appearance

Norse Myth

Origin[]

Odin (also called by over 200 other names) was the ruler of Asgard and Norse god of war, battle, victory and death, wisdom, Shamanism, magic, poetry, prophecy, and the hunt. He 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 Midgard—and he rides the flying, eight-legged steed Sleipnir across the sky and into the underworld.

With his brothers Vili and Vé, Odin fashioned the Earth (elsewhere personified as a goddess, Jörð) from the giant Ymir's flesh and from his blood the ocean, from his bones the mountains, from his hair the trees, from his brains the clouds, from his skull the heavens, and from his eyebrows the middle realm in which mankind lives, Midgard.

He was husband of Frigga, the Viking goddess of beauty, love, and marriage. However, Odin was known to father children with other goddesses and giantesses. The most famous of Odin's sons are Thor, Baldr, Tyr, and Heimdall. Additionally, Odin and Loki are described as blood brothers in one of the poems of the Poetic Edda.

During Ragnarok, Odin was destined to be killed by the great wolf Fenrir.

Sons of Odin[]

Below are figures from Norse myth that are considered sons of Odin. In some cases such as Tyr, Hod, and Bragi there are conflicting stories of who their fathers are.

  • Thor
  • Heimdall
  • Bragi
  • Tyr
  • Höd
  • Hermód
  • Baldr
  • Meili
  • Víðarr
  • Nepr
  • Váli
  • Áli
  • Þórr
  • Hildólfr
  • Hermóðr
  • Sigi
  • Skjöldr
  • Yngvi-Freyr
  • Ítreksjóð
  • Heimdallr
  • Sæmingr
  • Höðr

Public Domain Appearances[]

  • Jumbo Comics #139
  • Treasure Chest of Fun & Facts #138
  • A Treasury of Horses

See Also[]

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