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Odin

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The Aesir gods respect Odin because of his great wisdom, which he worked very hard to get. At the beginning of the world, he even gave up one of his eyes in exchange for a drink from a wisdom-well. Odin may be missing an eye, but thanks to that sacrifice, he can see in his mind everything that happens in the past, present, and future. Odin's wisdom is what makes him such a good king.

Basic Information

Name

Odin

Nickname

The Big Cheese, Wise Guy, the War God, Woden (Anglo-Saxon), Wotan (Old High German), Wotanaz (Proto-Germanic)

Sex

Male

Current city

Asgard

Work & Education

Occupation

King of the Aesir Gods
God of War, Battle, and Victory
God of Wisdom, Knowledge and Poetry
God of the Hunt

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Bor and Bestla

Siblings

Two brothers, Vili and Vé
Sworn blood-brother, Loki

Children

With Frigg, sons Balder, Hod, and (possibly) Hermod
With Jord, a son, Thor
With the giantess Grid, a son, Vidar (slayer of Fenrir wolf)
With Rind, a son, Vali (avenger of Balder)
Adopted sons: all the slain Vikings that populate Valhalla

Friends

The Valkyries, who choose the best of the slain Vikings for my hall

Enemies

Fenrir-Wolf, who will kill me during Ragnarok (I may only have one eyeball, but I can see the future)
Loki, who killed my son, Balder (though he did give me my horse, Sleipnir)

Relationships

Relationship status

Married to Frigg
Lover to the giantess Jord
Lover to Freyja (secretly)

Favorites

Quotations

"If you command wisely, you'll be obeyed cheerfully."
– Thomas Fuller

"Knowledge is power." 
– Francis Bacon

"No man was ever wise by chance." 
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Only the dead have seen the end of the war." 
– George Santyana

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." 
– Albert Einstein

"It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value." 
– Stephen Hawking

Books

Anglo-Saxon poetry, including Beowulf and The Wanderer
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer by Walt Whitman
If We Must Die by Claude McKay
The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Harry Potter series (I see myself in Dumbledore)
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink
Poetry magazine

Music

I love Sam Cooke, A Change Is Gonna Come
The Eagles, Hotel California
Joan Jett, I Love Rock N' Roll
Tchaikovsky
Richard Wagner
Sergei Rachmaninoff

Movies

Lord of the Rings

Activities & Interests

Likes

My awesome hall Valhalla, where I host the slain Vikings
My silver hall Valaskialf, from which I can watch the entire world Gladsheim, the hall from which I preside over Asgard and appoint the Diar, or Twelve Judges
Gungnir, my magical spear of the finest dwarvish craftsmanship
Draupnir, the gold ring that produces eight new gold rings every ninth night
My eight-legged horse, Sleipnir
Huginn and Muninn, the ravens of thought and memory
My wolves, Freki and Geri

Groups

Kings of the Gods
Wise Men
War Leaders
Sacrificial Lambs
Big Cheeses of Asgard
World Creators
Mensa

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