What did the Norse Gods do all day? If you ask someone on the street, they might answer with something like fight each other and have sex with humans which might be accurate, but it doesnt really give a full picture of how these ancient deities functioned within their world. The Gods of the Norse have lots of different roles, and Odin, the God of war, wisdom, poetry, and magic was one of the most complex in his particular category.
Odins ancient origins
Odin was the God of victory and craftsmen. He was associated with the idea of racial superiority, strength, and wisdom, but also with death. During the dying process, Odins sacred chalice would be burned and purified in order to bring the next generation of life. He would also leave gifts or sacrifices for the dead such as the boar Gullinbursti. Odin was later known as a war god. He held up the Norse sky in the heavens with his hammer Mjlnir and would hunt animals for their skins and butchered them to be used for survival. But he wasnt always about war and destruction, he was also the God of poetry, especially the Vlusp poem, and the father of valkyries, winged ladies who were actually men who died defending their country.
Odins role in the Norse pantheon
Odin was the God of wisdom, magick, poetry, poetry, war, bravery, magic, and, to a lesser extent, loving kindness. He was also the God of evil, mischief, and trickery, as youd expect from the image above. But the way he functioned within the pantheon was unlike that of a typical God of any pantheon. Lets take a look at the role of a typical God in the Norse pantheon, then with Odin in mind. A typical God Odin was a very complex and contradictory character, and in most ways he can be compared to the god Cybele. Cybele was believed to be the Goddess of Love and Wisdom, a healer, and also the Goddess of Magic. She was also known as the Goddess of the Moon and the goddess of magic. As you can see, the vast majority of her mythology can be associated with the moon.
Odin’s complex nature
Most mythological Gods have a negative or a positive quality, and Loki, the trickster, is no different. The duality that Loki represents within the mythological pantheon is also prominent in Odins legend. He is a god of many facets, who are some of the aspects hes known for: hes both trickster and trickster-god. In the same way that Jesus (who is commonly known as the God of compassion) had good and bad attributes, Odin also has attributes that highlight two sides of his personality. There are stories of him as a great trickster who plays tricks on the gods and on humans as well. The valkyries, female raiders of the battlefield, call on Odin when one of them has lost a baby. This is not a stereotypical role in the pantheon, its an anomaly in this gods life that is often mentioned.
Why its important to know about Odin
Odin is one of the most important Gods in the Viking World, and he has plenty of jobs. Amongst his many tasks he holds leadership of the Valkyries and is Odin, the god of war, wisdom, poetry, and magic. Odin has a ton of spiritual power and is incredibly popular amongst his people. Odin is also known as the god of silence, which he shares with his sister, Freyja, who was the goddess of beauty and poetry. Despite the Heimskringla saying that Odin was resurrected from his grave by Odin, his wife, Frigg, and their brothers, Vili and V, Odin doesnt have a defining place in Viking religion, but his role has long been the most interesting one in the mythology.