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the Gallow’s God

September 30, 2009

Happy pre-hiatus Wednesday, Dan & Stevedores.

Odin had two brothers, actually, but they sort of faded from popularity and in mythology that’s the same as dying. They really only had one purpose anyway, which was to, alongside Odin, kill Ymir, the Frost Giant out of whose body the Earth is made. Having done that, Odin’s brothers, Vili and Ve, disamappeared from history, pretty much.

Odin is a god of war and death as well as a god of poetry and wisdom. He was crucified upside-down for nine days on Yggdrasil the World Tree, pierced by his own spear which is why I think the Norse and Scandinavians probably thought Jesus was kind of a pussy. Here he learned nine powerful songs and eighteen runes. Odin is the father of language in Norse mythology. His hall is Valaskjalf where his throne Hlidskjalf is located. From this throne he observes all that happens in the nine worlds. The tidings are brought to him by his two ravens Huginn and Muninn. He also resides in Valhalla, where the slain warriors are taken.

Oh, and don’t forget his stuff! Odin’s got the spear, Gungnir, which never misses its target, the ring, Draupnir, which grows 8 rings every nine nights, and his eight-footed horse, Sleipnir. He is accompanied by his wolves Freki and Geri, to whom he gives his food ’cause he consumes nothing but mead. Odin has only one eye, which blazes like the sun. His other eye he traded to Mimir the Wise for a drink from his well and gained immense knowledge.

And he’s got a bunch of names, it’s crazy. Most gods don’t have this many aliases. Here’s just a fraction:

Long Beard, Twice Blind, Mighty One. Victory Bringer, Battle Blinder, Spear Charger, the Brown One, Barrow Lord, Journey Adviser, Father of Men, Lord of the Hanged, Enemy of the Wolf, God of Hosts, High One, the Lean, Blind Guest, the Wanderer, God of Burdens, War-Merry…

And let’s not talk about my uncle’s penis.

Ian K.

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