Odin (Myths and Legends of the World)
Odin was the ruler of the Aesir, a group of in Norsereferring to the people and culture of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland mythology. Sometimes called Allfather, Odin played a central role in myths about the creation and destruction of the world. He was the god of battle and also of wisdom, magic, and poetry. His name means "fury" or "frenzy," the quality of fierce inspiration that guided warriors and poets alike. Odin probably originated in the myths of early Germanic peoples, who called him Wo3anaz. The name of the fourth day of the week, Wednesday, comes from Woden's-day, the god's Old English name. Odin was married to Frigg, the guardian of marriage.
Myths. Odin spanned the history of the Norse mythic world from its creation to its destruction. Before the world existed, he and his two younger brothers, Vili and Ve, killed the frost giant Ymir. They used Ymir's bones, blood, and flesh to form the universe. Odin arranged the heavens for the gods, the middle world for humans and dwarfs, and the underworld for the dead. He then created the first man and woman from an ash tree and an elm tree.
Among the deities said to have been Odin's children were Balder and Thorin Norse mythology, the thunder god. Odinhe favorite deity of princes, nobles, and warriorsame to be seen as the...
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