Odin is a god in Norse mythology, who was associated with healing, death, knowledge, sorcery, poetry, battle and the runic alphabet. He was the husband of the goddess Freya or Frigg. He was also popular in Germanic religion.
Odin was mentioned as a god throughout the recorded history of the Germanic peoples. In Norse mythology, he is described as being one-eyed and having a long beard. He always carried a spear named Gungnir, wore a cloak and a broad hat. His animal companions were the wolves Geri and Freki, and the ravens Huginn and Muninn, who were also his informants. He also had a flying, eight-legged horse named Sleipnir, with which he flew across the sky and into the underworld. With his wife, Odin had numerous sons, the most famous being Baldr.
He was the ruler of Valhalla, a location in the afterlife, where the souls of half of the einherjar went; the einherjar were the soldiers and warriors who died valiantly in battle. The other half were taken by Freya to her afterlife location, Folkvangr. Odin was also the ruler of the valkyries, female beings that flew over the battlefields.
See Also: Freya, Gungnir, Geri, Freki, Huginn, Muninn, Sleipnir, Baldr, Valhalla, Einherjar, Folkvangr, Valkyries
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