Odin or Odinn (Old Norse/Icelandic Ã“Ã°inn, also known as Oden, Woden or Wodan), is considered the chief god in Norse mythology and Norse paganism. Like the Anglo-Saxon Woden it is descended from Proto-Germanic *W??inaz or *W??anaz.His name is related to Ã³Ã°r, meaning "fury", "excitation", "mind" or "poetry". His role, like many of the Norse pantheon, is complex. He is a god of wisdom, war, battle and death. He is also attested as being a god of magic, poetry, prophecy, victory and the hunt.
Odin is an ambivalent deity. Old Norse (Viking Age) connotations of Odin lie with "poetry, inspiration" as well as with "fury, madness and the wanderer." Odin sacrificed his eye (which eye he sacrificed is unclear) at MÃmir's spring in order to gain the Wisdom of Ages. Odin gives to worthy poets the mead of inspiration, made by the dwarfs, from the vessel Ã“Ã°-r?rir.Skaldskaparmal, in Edda. Anthony Faulkes, Trans., Ed. (London: Everyman, 1996)..]]Odin is associated with the