Odhinn

Odhinn

Odhinn

Odhinn (aka Woden in Ethelland) – N – God of knowledge, magic, and war; king of the Aesir – Domains: Air, Knowledge, Magic, Nobility, Repose, Rune, Trickery, War – Weapon: Spear – Clerics may be any good alignment, LN, CN, or N – Symbol: Eye or Valknutur (“Knot of the Slain”)

Epithets and Bynames: Allfadhur “Allfather,” Bolverkur “Bale-worker,” Draugadrottin “Lord of the Dead,” Farmatyr “God of Cargo,” Fimbultyr “Mighty God,” Fjolnir “Very Wise,” Fjolsvidhur “Much-Wise,” Galdrafodhur “Father of Galdur,” Gangleri “Wanderer,” Geirtyr “Spear-God,” Geirvaldur “Spear-Master,” Geirolnir “Spear-Charger,” Gondlir “Staff/Wand-bearer,” Grimnir/Grimur “The Masked/Hooded One” or “The Grim One,” Hangagodh or Hangi “God of the Hanged,” Herjan “Lord,” Hertyr “God of the Host,” Hildolfur “Wolf-of-Battle,” Hjalmberi “Helm Bearer,” Hroptur “the Hidden One,” Hrjotur “the Roarer,” Galdrafadhur “Father of Rune-magic,” Gangleri “the Wanderer,” Geirvaldur “Wielder of the Spear,” Gondlir “Wand-bearer,” Oski “Fulfiller of Desires,” Runatyr “God of Runes,” Sigfadhur “Father of Victory,” Sigtyr “God of Victory,” Valfadhur “Father of the Slain,” Valkjosandi “Chooser of the Slain,” Valthognir “Receiver of the Slain,” Valtyr “Slain God,” Veratyr “God of Being,” Vidhurr “the Slayer,” Yggur “The Terrible”

Associations: King of the Aesir, Husband of Frigga, Father of Thorr, Vidar, and Vali (god of vengeance). Accompanied by the ravens Huginn (“Thought”) and Muninn (“Memory”), the wolves Freki and Geri, and the eight-legged horse Sleipnir.

Wielder of the magical spear Gungnir. His hall in Asgardhur is Valholl.

Odhinn usually appears as a tall, old, bearded man with one eye. He almost always wears a broad-brimed hat or a hood that can conceal his face (or at least his missing eye), and a midnight-blue cloak. Sometimes he is wearing armor under his cloak. He is almost always carrying his spear, Gungnir. When he appears, he may be accompanied by his ravens, wolves, and/or horse. He is the king of the gods, but also a trickster and the magician among the gods. And all the myths agree – he cannot be trusted. He will do anything it takes to win the war with the jotnar and keep the Nine Worlds safe, and that includes sacrificing anyone and anything.

Nevertheless, Odhinn can be a very helpful god. He inspires warriors in battle, skalds and poets in their songs, and runecasters in their magic. His name means “the one who inspires fury,” as the patron of barbarians and berserkers. One of his bynames, “Oski,” means “Granter of Wishes,” “Fulfiller of Desires.” He brewed and is the keeper of the Mead of Inspiration that is the drink that makes one a poet or skald. As a traveler himself, he is the patron god of travelers, including those who travel for trade, hence he is called “Farmatyr” (“God of Cargoes”). He is also the god of the dead and the slain – not an underworld deity, but a chooser of the slain and a god responsible for the transportation of the dead to their afterlives.

Odhinn

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