Friday, March 21, 2014

Norse Mythology: Odin Origin Story

Odin is not a well known character in the DC universe, but has appeared many times in comics, movies and animated shows. as the father of Thor and Loki plus being the king of the Asgardians, but his story really doesn't go any deeper than that, but there is so much more to learn about Odin and the sacrifice's he made to gain his power

The DC Comic History: Odin is the king of the Asgardians, the Norse gods. His role in the DC Universe is by far not as big as his Marvel namesake. Originally, he appeared as the master of Wonder Woman villain Gudra and her Valkyries. He is also responsible for the creation of Viking Prince. He is the father of Thor. Odin first appeared in Wonder Woman #23 (1947)
Norse Mythology Odin is the chief god of Germanic mythology. Son of Bor and Bestla, Odin was risen to favor mostly by the Vikings, and became known as the supreme god in the eighth and ninth centuries. The Vikings admired Odin's love for the battle, as he was known as the "father of the slain". Odin's prominence demonstrates the importance of warfare to Germanic traditions.
Odin loved to cause conflicts and shifts of power. He once aided Harald, a Danish King, instructing him in tactics and granting him victories for years. In the king's final battle, however, Odin took the place of Harald's charioteer and drove the king to his demise.

Although Odin embodied deceit, violence and war, he also embodied many admirable qualities. He was the most knowledgeable god, with a great love for wisdom. He would willingly sacrifice himself for it.
With the threat of Ragnarok, the death of all gods, Odin built the Valhalla, a great hall of the "heroic dead". Odin would then gather heroes and warriors who were slain in battle, and bring them to Valhalla so they would fight alongside the gods on the Vigrid plain, in an attempt to strengthen and save the gods in the final battle against the frost giants at the time of Ragnarok.

Odin was killed by a wolf, Fenrir, a monstrous offspring of the god Loki and the frost giantess Angrboda.
When the Romans arrived in Germanic territory, they assumed that Odin was their messenger god, Mercury.

Odin Parents

Bor: Not much is mentioned about Odin's father except  Bor was a giant, the son of Buri. No mother of Bor was ever mentioned, and it is not clear how he was actually concieved. Bor had a wife, Bestla, with whom he had three sons: Vili, Ve and Odin.

Bestla: Bestla was a giantess, the wife of Bor and the mother of Odin, Vili and VĂ©.

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