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Óðinn / Woden / Woutan

Also Known As: "Óðinn", "Woutan", "Wotan", "Woden", "Odin", "Ódin", "Vóden", "Wodan", "Wodin", "Oden", "Odin Frithuwaldsson"
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Birthplace: Europe
Death: Died in Logrinn, Sigtuna, Uppsala, Sweden
Place of Burial: Sweden
Immediate Family:

Son of Frithuwald Bor and Bestla
Husband of Unnamed mother of Skjold Frea; Gríðr Gyger; Skade Tjatsesdottir; Frigg / Jord; Rind Billingsdotter, princess of Ruthenia and 2 others
Father of Skjold Odinsson,King of Denmark; Víðarr Odinsson, of Asgard; Saemingr Odinsson, King in Hålogaland; Hermodr; Yngvi Odinsson, King of Sweden and 21 others
Brother of Ve / Irmin and Vile (Höner) !
Half brother of oden woden

Occupation: God in Norse Mythology and King of Sweden, Asa gud
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About Óðinn / Woden / Woutan

Odin by Micha F. Lindemans

The chief divinity of the Norse pantheon, the foremost of the Aesir. Odin is a son of Bor and Bestla. He is called Alfadir, Allfather, for he is indeed father of the gods. With Frigg he is the father of Balder, Hod, and Hermod. He fathered Thor on the goddess Jord; and the giantess Grid became the mother of Vidar.

Odin is a god of war and death, but also the god of poetry and wisdom. He hung for nine days, pierced by his own spear, on the world tree. Here he learned nine powerful songs, and eighteen runes. Odin can make the dead speak to question the wisest amongst them. His hall in Asgard is Valaskjalf ("shelf of the slain") where his throne Hlidskjalf is located. From this throne he observes all that happens in the nine worlds. The tidings are brought to him by his two raven Huginn and Muninn. He also resides in Valhalla, where the slain warriors are taken.

Odin's attributes are the spear Gungnir, which never misses its target, the ring Draupnir, from which every ninth night eight new rings appear, and his eight-footed steed Sleipnir. He is accompanied by the wolves Freki and Geri, to whom he gives his food for he himself consumes nothing but wine. Odin has only one eye, which blazes like the sun. His other eye he traded for a drink from the Well of Wisdom, and gained immense knowledge. On the day of the final battle, Odin will be killed by the wolf Fenrir.

He is also called Othinn, Wodan and Wotan. Some of the aliases he uses to travel icognito among mortals are Vak and Valtam. Wednesday is named after him (Wodan).

From Wikipedia

Historical kings

After Woden/Oden, who was worshipped as a god, we are on firmer historical ground. His various sons became the ancestors of the different Anglo-Saxon kingly lines of the Heptarchy, of which the senior line was that of Mercia, descendants of Weothulgeot. The latter's son (or grandson) Whitlæg defeated and killed Amlethus, King of the Jutes to the north of the Angles in Jutland; Amlethus much later became the inspiration for Shakespeare's Hamlet. Under Wermund the Angles' fortress at Schleswig (Hedeby) was captured by the Jutes, but was retaken by Offa who was long remembered as a great conqueror (and is often referred to as Offa of Angel to distinguish him from his descendent Offa of Mercia). Before coming to the throne Offa married the daughter of Freawine, King of the Saxons, and after becoming king secured the Angles' southern border with the Saxons along the River Eider. This Freawine, like Offa, was also descended from Woden, and through his son Wig (Offa's brother-in-law) became the ancestor of the kings of Wessex, and ultimately England.

From Wikipedia (Norwegian)

Odin (norr. Óðinn) er den mektigste og viseste guden i norrøn mytologi. Han ble både regnet som gudenes høvding og høvdingenes gud. Foreldrene hans er Bor og Bestla, og han er bror til Vilje og Ve. Hustruen hans er Frigg, den mektigste gudinnen i Åsgard, og med henne fikk han Balder, Hod og Hermod. Med Jord (Fjorgyn) fikk han Tor. Med Rind fikk han Våle, og med Grid fikk han Vidar.

En teori går ut på at Odin opprinnelig var en nattens gud, som senere ble forfremmet til hovedgud. En annen teori går ut på at han er en videreføring av en gammel indo-europeisk fars- eller dødsgud, men klare sjamanistiske trekk.[trenger referanse] Han er senere også sett som krigsgud, og guden for visdom, trolldom (seid), diktning, m.m.

Odins bolig heter Valaskjalv, der han sitter i sitt høysete Lidskjalv. Odin har spydet Gungne og gullringen Draupne.

Ynglingeætten, som de tidligste norske rikskongene (blant annet Harald Hårfagre) tilhørte, skal ha hatt Odin som stamfar. Snorre tar opp denne myten i sin Ynglingesaga, og skildrer Odin som en mektig høvding som innvandret til Skandinavia med stammen sin og bosatte seg i Gamle Sigtuna. Fornaldersagaen Sturlaug den arbeidssommes saga, som ble skrevet rundt 1300, innledes med disse ordene: «Alle menn som er kloke og har kjennskap til sannheten vet at Tyrkere og Asiamenn bosatte seg i Norderlandene. Språket deres spredte seg siden i alle land og lederen for disse folkene het Odin som menn regner sin ætt fra.

From Wikipedia (Icelandic)

Óðinn er æðstur guða í norrænni og germanskri goðafræði, þar sem hann er guð visku, herkænsku, stríðs, galdra, sigurs og skáldskapar. Óðinn er andinn og lífskrafturinn í öllu sem hann skapaði. Með Víli og Vé skapaði hann himin jörð og Ask og Emblu. Óðinn lærði rúnirnar þegar hann hékk og svelti sjálfan sig í níu nætur í Aski Yggdrasils, þá lærði hann líka Fimbulljóðin níu.

Á jörðinni birtist Óðinn mönnum sem gamall eineygður förumaður í skikkju og með barðabreiðan hatt eða hettu og gengur þá undir mörgum nöfnum. Hann getur haft hamskipti hvenær sem er og sent anda sinn í fugls- eða dýrslíki erinda sinna og hann getur ferðast til dauðraheims ef honum hentar.

Óðinn ríður hinum áttfætta Sleipni og tveir úlfar fylgja honum, sem bera nöfnin Geri og Freki, einnig á hann tvo hrafna, Hugin og Munin, sem flytja honum tíðindi. Í Valhöll koma til hans vopndauðir menn.

Óðinn var sífellt að sækjast eftir meiri visku. Hann gekk til Mímis við Mímisbrunn einn daginn. Hann vildi fá að drekka úr brunni hans og fékk hann að gera það, í skiptum fyrir annað augað hans.

Óðinn átti spjót sem gerði honum fært að ráða gangi bardaga og því var gott að heita á hann í stríði.

From History-World.org

Odin (Old Norse Odhinn, Anglo-Saxon Woden, Old High German Wodan, Woutan), in Norse mythology, king of the gods. His two black ravens, Huginn ("Thought") and Muninn ("Memory"), flew forth daily to gather tidings of events all over the world.

From Wikipedia (Danish)

Odin (oldnordisk Óðinn, af óðr "raseri") er en af de mest fremtrædende guder i den traditionelle nordiske religion; han forbindes i særlig grad med

  • krigslykke (og de i krigen faldne),
  • kongemagt,
  • runemagi,
  • visdom og

skjaldekunst; dertil havde han store kundskaber om sejd. I lighed med de andre nordiske guder er hans funktionsområde meget komplekst, og det er svært at beskrive, hvad han er gud for. Han omtales i kilderne gerne med andre navne, hyppigt bruges tilnavnet Alfader, andre gange kaldes han Ygg (den frygtelige), et andet navn var Jolner og under det, optrådte Odin som julens gud. De mange navne afspejler de mange funktioner og roller Odin havde. I myterne beskrives han ofte som en høj, enøjet og gråskægget mand, og på billeder ses han ride på den ottebenede hest Slejpner med spyddet Gungner i den ene hånd, fulgt af ravnene Hugin og Munin samt ulvene Gere og Freke. Men Odin var formskifter af natur; han havde utallige skikkelser og optrådte ofte i forklædning, som i kvadet om Gråskæg fra Ældre Edda. I myterne beskrives han som besat efter at skaffe sig mere viden og lærdom, og han rejste ofte vidt omkring; enten flyvende som en fugl eller ridende på hesten Sleipner

De islandske kilder fra middelalderen beskriver ham som asernes overhoved. De udgjorde den vigtigste gudeæt, og i det nordiske verdensbillede var Odin den mest magtfulde konge. Den begrænsede udbredelse af hans navn i stednavne i forhold til fx Thor og Frej tyder på at hans kult aldrig var særligt udbredt, på trods af at han var gudernes konge. Andre kilder viser, at det primært var eliten, der dyrkede ham: han var kongerne og stormændenes gud. Almindelige mennesker ville ikke vende sig til ham, og derfor var det kun få steder, han kom til at lægge navn til. I de tre tilfælde, hvor vi møder navnet Odinkar, blev det fx båret af personer af fornem æt.

I den nordiske mytologi var gudernes funktioner ikke nødvendigvis forbeholdt én guddom; fx var det ikke kun Odin, der blev dyrket som krigsgud. Den lidt blegere gudeskikkelse Tyr var det også. Han blev primært dyrket af de almindelige soldater, mens Odin var høvdingenes og kongernes gud, også i krigen. En anden krigsgud var Thor. Hans funktion var dog i høj grad knyttet til hans rolle som menneskehedens beskytter mod destruktive og fjendtlige kræfter. Som krigsgud var Odin ikke altid til at stole på, for selv om han havde lovet sejr, kunne han vælge at give den til modparten.

From Encyclopaedea Britannica

Oðinn (of Norse Myth), chief of the Æsir was an actual man, later divinized by the Norse [Encyclopaedea Britannica].

He was of Asaland, or Asaheim, the country east of the Tanaquisl in Asia, and the chief city in that land was called Asgaard, and it was a great place for sacrifice. He was near his death when he made himself be marked with the point of a spear, and said he was going to Godheim, and would give a welcome there to all his friends. Oðinn was buried in Swithiod (Mannheim), Sweden. Odin was burnt, and at his pile there was great splendour. It was their faith that the higher the smoke arose in the air, the higher he would be raised whose pile it was; and the richer he would be, the more property that was consumed with him [Circa 1225 A.D. Snorri Sturluson, Heimskringla, or The Chronicle of the Kings of Norway (London: Norroena Society, 1907), The Ynglinga Saga].

Also called Odin of Norse Myth. He was the son of Frithuwald (of Saxon Myth) [Translated and edited by Michael Swanton, editor, The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles (5 Upper Saint Martins Lane, London: Phoenix Press, 2000, New Edition), pg. 16].

He was born in Åsgard, Byzantium? [Roderick W. Stuart, Royalty for Commoners: The Complete Lineage of John of Gaunt, Son of Edward III, Kings of England, and Queen Philippa (.: ., 3rd Ed., 1998), 324-62].

He was a great and very far-travelled warrior, who conquered many kingdoms, and so successful was he that in every battle the victory was on his side [Circa 1225 A.D. Snorri Sturluson, Heimskringla, or The Chronicle of the Kings of Norway (London: Norroena Society, 1907), The Ynglinga Saga].

He journeyed northward to Scandanavia, and on his journey he claimed to be a god, this was to win over the Scandanavians he conquered. He is said to have journeyed through many realms - Russia, Saxony, Denmark - passing himself off as Odin and making sons kings of all the lands where he traveled. Leaving his son Skjold to be king in Denmark, Sigge travelled on to Lake Malaren in Sweden, where he built a palace and temple, reigning over all the land [Gene Gurney, Kingdoms of Europe: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ruling Monarchs from Ancient Times to the Present (One Park Ave, New York, New York 10016: Crown Publishers Inc., 1982), Sweden, pg. 480].

He married Frejya, the Goddess of Love, Fertility, Battle, and Death , daughter of Njörð, the Sea God and N. N. of Vanaland; His 4th [Der Brockhaus multimedial 2002 Premium DVD-ROM Software (Dudenstr. 6, 68167 Mannheim: Bibliographisches Institut & F. A. Brockhaus AG, © 2001), "Freyja"].

He married Frejya, the Goddess of Love, Fertility, Battle, and Death, daughter of Njörð, the Sea God and N. N. of Vanaland [Circa 1225 A.D. Snorri Sturluson, Chronicle of the Kings of Norway, The Ynglinga Saga, Chapter 13]. From FredrikaHLander.com Född i Asgård som ska ha legat vid mynningen till floden Don. Oden utvandrade till Sverige och tog konsten att rista runor med sig. Han slog sig ner i nuvarande Uppland, enligt Alf Henriksson av två skäl: 1) Det var ovanligt vackert här vid den tiden 2) Upplänningarna var tillräckligt dumma för att tro att han var en gud redan under hans livstid. Här grundade han det andra Asgård - Fornsigtuna. Han gjorde sig till kung och grundade på så sätt vår äldsta konungaätt - Ynglingaätten. Namnet Ynglingar uppkom emellertid först med Yngve-Frej. Gift med Frigga och även med Skade.

Family Trees of Odin

  1. Vulkaner.no
  2. FabPedigree.com
  3. The MorrisClan.com

Suggested Reading

The Children of Odin -------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odin

Odin (/ˈoʊdɨn/; from Old Norse Óðinn) is a major god in Norse mythology, the Allfather of the gods, and the ruler of Asgard.[1] Homologous with the Old English "Wōden", the Old Saxon "Wôdan" and the Old High German "Wôtan",[2] the name is descended from Proto-Germanic "*Wōdanaz" or "*Wōđanaz". "Odin" is generally accepted as the modern English form of the name, although, in some cases, older forms may be used or preferred. His name is related to ōðr, meaning "fury, excitation", besides "mind", or "poetry". His role, like that of many of the Norse gods, is complex. Odin is a principal member of the Æsir (the major group of the Norse pantheon) and is associated with war, battle, victory and death, but also wisdom, Shamanism, magic, poetry, prophecy, and the hunt. Odin has many sons, the most famous of whom is the thunder god Thor.

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Supposedly the head God of the Nordic Mythos, archaeologically, he was probably the most powerful of a group of tribal chieftains in the Nordic arena. As Spain has it's El-Cid, and Britain it's King Arthur, so the Norse people have their Woden Wuotan.

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