Odin was not a strange name to any Viking or Norse lovers. Tales around Odin were extremely inspiring and awesome. Odin Viking Supreme God was one of the most powerful and influential gods to the Viking belief. But his characters were quite unpredictable and hard to explain his actions.
Overview of Odin Viking Supreme God
Odin was the chief god of Norse pantheon. He ruled over Asgard land of gods and his famous hall was Valhalla the Great Hall of Fallen Warriors. Odin possessed a High Throne upon Asgard where he would sit and observe what was happening in Nine Worlds. Apart from Odin, only Goddess Frigg could sit on the High Throne of Odin. Odin fathered many famous Viking Gods like Thor God of Thunder, Baldur God of Honor, Vidar God of Revenge, and Heimdall Asgard Watchman. There were many names that referred to Odin in Norse mythology. The Allfather, Raven God, God of War, God of Wisdom, etc. This was because Odin’s power and tales revolved around such things.
Odin was not a pure god in blood. He was a son of a god and a giantess. Odin was the third generation ever since the Creation of the World. But maybe because of his mixed blood, he possessed incredible prowess. Thor was also the same example for being a physically strong child of a god and a giant.
Nonstop Wisdom Seeker
No figure in Norse mythology could snuff out the burning desire of gaining more wisdom of Odin. He was willing to pay any price just to get more wisdom. In Norse mythology, there were two famous stories that attested Odin’s desire for knowledge.
The first story was that Odin discovered runes. But it was a tough journey as Odin had to make a sacrifice by hanging himself in the trunk of Yggdrasil for nine days and nights. He refused any offer of help from other gods. Just hanging there stabbed by his Gungnir spear without food and drink. But the reward finally was the ability to decipher runes the most magical letters that carried the philosophy of the cosmos.
The second story was when Odin sacrificed his eye to get a sip from holy water of wisdom. One day Odin arrived at the Well of Urd and met Mimir the wise Norse creature. Odin asked Mimir a sip of water from the Well. However, knowing how precious every drop of water was, Mimir didn’t agree immediately. He asked Odin to make a sacrifice to get a sip. As you guess, a sacrifice of an eye. Odin didn’t hesitate to gouge out his eye and trade with Mimir. In return, Odin could try a sip of the holy water. From that moment on, Odin lived with an infinite source of knowledge.
Despite becoming omniscient, Odin still surrounded himself with things that could provide him with information. For example, he sat on his High Throne every day to watch the Worlds. Or his constant companions were two ravens, Huginn and Muninn, who would perch on his shoulder and tell him what they had witnessed when flying the Nine Worlds.
Viking Warrior and Odin
Odin and Thor were two gods that the Vikings worshipped and respected the most. Odin Viking Supreme God was the God of War though we don’t often catch sight of him fighting in surviving materials. Up in Asgard, Odin presided over his Valhalla the Hall of Warriors. Odin would have the Valkyries (the female helping spirit) choose the fallen warriors who fought bravely in their battles. Those chosen warriors would come to Asgard and dwell with Odin there. Furthermore, Odin was the symbol of the mental power in Viking battle, not physical strength like Thor Odin’s son.
Valknut was one of the most common Odin’s symbols to the Vikings. The Viking warriors drew Valknut symbol on their bodies or clothes or patterned it with their jewelry when joining the battle. They believed that whenever Valknut was, Odin was there either to support them in battles or to welcome them to Valhalla.