the ruler of the universe and the leader of the sky gods, the
Aesir. Coming under many names including Alfodur (father of
all), Bolverk (evil doer) and Ygg. He served as the god of war,
poetry, wisdom and death. Odin had two great halls, Valaskjalf
and Valahalla. The first hall had a roof of pure silver and
in it, his high seat, Lidskialf, from which he could see over
all the world. The second hall was the hall of Valahalla where
slain heroes waited in anticipation of Ragnarok.
his brothers Ve and Vili, whose father was the giant Bor, they
had a large part to play in the creation of the world out of
chaos. He also fathered many Aesir gods. With his wife Frigg,
he fathered Balder, Hod and Hermond. His eldest son, Thor, was
offspring with a giantess, Fjorgyn. By another giantess, Grid,
Odin fathered Vidar. He was also the father of Vali by the daughter
of King Billing, Rind.
of Odin, was his thirst for knowledge, knowledge which he desired
so as to be able to salvage the world which he had helped to
create. From the seer Sibyl and the Norns, he learned about
Ragnarok, the final battle between the frost giants, where many
of the Gods would perish including Odin himself. He had two
ravens, Hugin (Thought) and Munin (Memory), who flew throughout
the world, reporting to Odin news of happenings around the world.
also sacrificed one of his eyes for the purpose of drinking
from the Well of Knowledge, beneath one of the roots of the
world tree. At one time, he hung himself from Yggdrasil for
nine days, pierced by his own spear, thereby learning how to
interpret the runes below the tree and thus having certain knowledge
of the future. After the war between the Aesir and the Vanir,
Odin preserved the head of Mimir, the wisest of the Aesir, with
herbs, and thus gained knowledge by talking to the bodiless
head. In one instance he gained knowledge in his quest for the
mead of poetry.
a spear, Gungnir, which was made by the dwarves. He had a ring
called Draupner (ring of power), which created nine of itself
nightly. It was similarly created by the dwarves, this time
by twins called Brokk and Eiti. He rode a horse with eight legs,
named Sleipnir, which he accquired during the fortification
destined to die at Ragnarok, with Fenris swallowing him. Even
in the knowledge of this, he persisted in doing battle. He was
the god of war, wisdom, poetry and death, and the leader of
the Aesir and the ruler of the universe.
brothers, Ve and Vili, were rather unimportant figures, except
when Vili was given as a hostage during the war between the
Aesir and Vanir, and eventually, Vili was the only of the brothers
who survived Ragnarok.