Odin
Odin der Göttervater.jpg
Earth drawing of Odin [1]

Other Names

Variants: Wodan, Woden, Wotan

Patron God of

None

Debut

Retribution

Significance

Odin Sinclair
Wednesday in the Caprican week

Odin is one of the Lords of Kobol in the

Battlestar Galactica universe. In our world, he is the preeminent god in the Old Norse religion.

Lord of Kobol

Odin gives his name to a day of the week on the Caprican calendar, Wednesday. Wednesday is derived from a variant of his name, Woden (Woden's Day). Týr and Thor are his sons. Odin Sinclair was named for him. ("Blowback")

He shares attributes with Jupiter and Zeus as the Leader of the Gods, and also with Mars and Ares as the God of War.

Old Norse Religion

Odin (also called Wodan, Woden, or Wotan) was one of the principal gods in the Norse pantheon. Though Woden was worshiped preeminently, there is not sufficient evidence of his cult to show whether it was practiced by all the Teutonic tribes or to enable conclusions to be drawn about the nature of the god. Later literary sources, however, indicate that at the end of the pre-Christian period Odin was the principal god in Scandinavia.

The Roman historian Tacitus stated that the Teutons worshiped Mercury; and because dies Mercurii (“Mercury’s day”) was identified with Wednesday (“Woden’s day”), there is little doubt that the god Woden (the earlier form of Odin) was meant.

From earliest times Odin was a war god, and he appeared in heroic literature as the protector of heroes; fallen warriors joined him in Valhalla. The wolf and the raven were dedicated to him. Odin was the great magician among the gods and was associated with runes. He was also the god of poets. 

In outward appearance he was a tall, old man, with flowing beard and only one eye (the other he gave in exchange for wisdom). He was usually depicted wearing a cloak, a wide-brimmed hat and carrying a spear.[2]

Examples

Odin Sinclair

See Also

References

  1. Photo: "Odin, der Göttervater" (Odin enthroned with weapons, wolves and ravens) by Carl Emil Doepler (1824-1905). Published in 1882. The signature seems to indicate it was made in 1880. Source: Wägner, Wilhelm. 1882. Nordisch-germanische Götter und Helden. Otto Spamer, Leipzig & Berlin. Page Seven, public domain.
  2. Odin at the Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved on October 21, 2017, edited.
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