Odin is my favorite of all the Norse pantheon. Yes, he dies at the battle of Ragnarok, but he is still wise, and a great warrior. My favorite scenario of Odin is when he was hanging from the tree, that is where he was blinded in one eye. To learn more about Odin, you may read more at Wikipedia. Here is a brief commentary about Odin:

 

Odin (/ˈdɨn/; from Old Norse Óðinn) is a major god in most if not all branches of Germanic mythology especially in the Norse mythology branch of Germanicmythology, 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 wisdomShamanismmagicpoetryprophecy, and the hunt. Odin has many sons, the most famous of whom is the thunder god Thor.

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Odin, Ruler of Asgard

Odin,  Ruler of Asgard

Odin

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Myths

1. Vikings did not wear horned helmets

Vikings traditionally went bareheaded or wore simple leather and metal-frame helmets with the occasional face guard. The idea behind horned helmets came about from the Viking revival during Victoria’s reign.

2. They were not filthy and unkempt

Archaeologists find evidence on a regular basis of combs, spoons and other grooming utensils that indicate the Viking people were very keen on maintaining personal hygiene.

3. They did not spent all their time raiding

While raiding proved an excellent source of income, many of the Vikings held farms back in their homeland that their wives maintained during Viking season. When the men returned home from a raid, they resumed their normal routine of farming.

4. Vikings were not a unified army

Due to the difficult geographic location, the Scandinavian people were very spread out to conserve limited farmland. In addition, the penetration of Christianity caused many great divisions among the people still worshipping the traditional Nordic pantheon, further emphasizing the divided nature of the people.

5. They were not all large and heavily muscled

Due to the short summer seasons, growing crops was difficult and resources were always scarce. As a result, many of the Scandinavian people were much smaller than commonly depicted due to limited food sources.

While the living conditions in Scandinavian regions were certainly harsh and made a hard people, many Vikings suffered from the scarcity of resources and the people set up their homes over great distances with no real unified leadership. During the Viking Age, the Scandinavian people were able to make a stronger push to the outside worlds and create a reputation for themselves beyond simple barbarism. While some Vikings were driven with the lust for riches, many sought more peaceful economic relationships with the surrounding nations.

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Welcome to Valhalla!

Greetings, fellow warriors! On this site, you will get to know all about the gods, the history of the Vikings, and Asatru. But first, you can follow us on Twitter, at https://twitter.com/Vikings46521023

 

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