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Odin Sightings

  • Song of Myself 1855

    Odin is name-checked, along with a bunch of gods from other cultures, in Walt Whitman's Song of Myself.

  • The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings 1937 - 1955

    The character of Gandalf in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings was inspired by Odin in his Wanderer guise. J.R.R. Tolkien described the character as an "Odinic wanderer" (source: J.R.R. Tolkien, Letters, no. 107).

  • Marvel Comics 1962

    Marvel Comics adds Odin to the Marvel universe. He shows up in the Thor and Journey Into Mystery series. He makes a great superhero.

  • The Sandman 1989 - 1994

    Neil Gaiman's Sandman graphic novels include plenty of Norse-inspired characters, including Odin, who mostly wears his wanderer disguise.

  • American Gods 2001

    In the novel American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, Odin appears as a character called Mr. Wednesday (Wednesday is Odin's special day).

  • Thor 2011

    Odin shows up as an angry dad in the movie Thor. He's cast his son, Thor, out of Asgard for misbehaving.

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