Óðinn was the chief of the Viking gods, the god of kings and poets, giver of the gift of poetry and of victory in battle.

Óðinn on the Worldtree
The poem Havamál tells how Óðinn sacrificed himself to himself upon the Worldtree in order to gain the secrets of the runes.
Óðinn, Fenris and Týr
Only Týr was brave enough to bind the monstrous Fenris Wolf and lost his hand in the doing. At Ragnarok, Fenris will break free, and slay the god Óðinn.
Óðinn on Sleipnir
Modern depiction of the god Óðinn riding his eight-legged steed, Sleipnir, with his ravens Huginn and Muninn flying above. Here Sleipnir is depicted as a Norwegian Fjord Horse.

Óðinn & Thórr Blessing
Blessing based on the N B380 inscription from Norway, "Hail to you and good thoughts. May Thórr receive you, may Óðinn own you."

Sleipnir, Eight-Legged Steed of Óðinn
Sleipnir, Óðinn's 8-legged steed, is shown in here in an extremely stylized representation. "Sleipnir" is believed to be a metaphor for a funeral bier with four bearers, for Óðinn is a god of death.

The Mead of Inspiration
Óðinn won the mead of inspiration by wooing a giant maiden for three nights. Each night she allowed him to drink from Óðrörir, Són and Boðn, represented here as drinking horns brim-full of mead.
Hliðskjálf The High Seat
This small Swedish amulet is believed to represent Hliðskjálf, Óðinn's High Seat, and thus to be a symbol both of Óðinn and of the power of kings.
Óðinn Heals Baldr's Horse
The Second Merseberg Charm, a healing incantation from Old High German.


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