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.
The Big Cheese, Wise Guy, the War God, Woden (Anglo-Saxon), Wotan (Old High German), Wotanaz (Proto-Germanic)
King of the Aesir Gods
Bor and Bestla
Two brothers, Vili and Vé
With Frigg, sons Balder, Hod, and (possibly) Hermod
The Valkyries, who choose the best of the slain Vikings for my hall
Fenrir-Wolf, who will kill me during Ragnarok (I may only have one eyeball, but I can see the future)
Married to Frigg
"If you command wisely, you'll be obeyed cheerfully."
Anglo-Saxon poetry, including Beowulf and The Wanderer
My awesome hall Valhalla, where I host the slain Vikings
Kings of the Gods
Odin is an easy god to spot. Why? Because he only has one eye. That's not to say he's a Cyclops, just that he gave up one of his eyes in exchange for the gift of wisdom. When he's not in Asgard, he enjoys wandering Middle-Earth dressed up like the wizard Gandalf.
Hair color: White
Facial hair: A full, white beard
Scars/marks/tattoos: Missing one eye
Jewelry and accessories: When wandering Middle-Earth, Odin wears a wide-brimmed hat and carries a walking stick. He also owns a magical gold ring, called Draupnir.
Clothing: Long robes
Armor: When in battle, Odin often wears a helmet and carries a shield
Type of weapon: Sword
Known hangouts: When Odin isn't wandering through Middle-Earth, look for him in his hall, Valhalla, where he hosts the spirits of the bravest fallen warriors from Middle-Earth. You also might find him in his silver hall, Valaskialf, where he can see everything that goes on in the world. Otherwise, walk over to Yggdrassil, a sacred ash tree, to see if he's hanging out there.
Escape vehicle: His eight-legged horse, Sleipnir
Dec 20, 2019
Odin is name-checked, along with a bunch of gods from other cultures, in Walt Whitman's Song of Myself.
Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019
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).
Dec 20, 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.
Dec 20, 1989 - Dec 20, 1994
Neil Gaiman's Sandman graphic novels include plenty of Norse-inspired characters, including Odin, who mostly wears his wanderer disguise.
Dec 20, 2019
In the novel American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, Odin appears as a character called Mr. Wednesday (Wednesday is Odin's special day).
Dec 20, 2019
Odin shows up as an angry dad in the movie Thor. He's cast his son, Thor, out of Asgard for misbehaving.