Odin is the All-Father deity in the Norse Pantheon (What the Vikings/Scandinavians believed in before converted by Christian Missionaries)
He is son of Bor and Bestla, brother to Vili and Ve. Each of them has a specific meaning to their name, Odin's being Spirit.
Often depicted as an older man with a long hair and a long beard, Odin wears a large brimmed hat to cover up his missing eye, and holds a futhark laden spear, Gungnir; a spear forged by dwarves that never misses its target. Odin also sometimes wears a fancy winged helmet.
Odin lost his eye when he sacrificed it to drink from the well at the base of the world tree, Yggdrasil for ultimate wisdom. In return, he gained unimaginable wisdom and his remaining eye glows as bright as the sun.
Odin gained his knowledge of Runes from hanging nine days from a branch of Yggdrasil, stabbed with his own spear Gungnir. At the end of these nine days he had seen the runes (Futhark) and learned nine songs.
The All-Father resiedes on his throne Hlidskjalf in the hall Valaskjalf in Asgard, with his wife Frigga, his two ravens Huginn & Muninn (Thought and Memory), his two wolves Freki & Geri, and his mighty eight-legged horse and steed Sliepnir.
He is the All-Father of Asgard, the Hall of the Gods. He is the God of War, Wisdom, Poetry, and death. He makes the wisest of the dead speak to him in order for him to learn.
Odin is also master of the Valkyries, beautiful but deadly warrior maidens who bring the mightiest and most honorable of the slain to Valhalla, where they become Einherjer and await for the final battle at Ragnarok.
Odin is the father of many others, including Vali, Vidar, Tyr, Balder,Hermod, and Hod to name a few.
During the final battle, Odin will lead all the Gods, the Valkyries, and the Einherjer into Ragnarok. He will fight the colossal and unnatural wolf Fenrir, where he will be killed. Upon his death, his son Vidar, God of Silence and Revenge, will stick his iron boot into the wolf's jaws, and with a mighty pull, tear the wolf's head in two.
Nine long days did Odin hang, Pierced by his spear as sharp as a fang, free of fear and staring into oblivion, did the runes then come. Futhark they were, and 18 strong, from fire and from ice, the magic begun.
1:A large, glossy black bird with black/violet feathers of the Corvidae family of birds, consisting of birds such as Magpies, Blue Jays, and Crows. Ravens are much like large crows with boxy tail feathers A signature of the raven
, a long, thick beak, and a wingspan sometimes reaching nearly six feet. The Raven has a much deeper call than the crow, with a croak rather than a caw.
2: The famous bird from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"
3: An animal frequent in many mythologies. In Norse Mythology That of the Vikings/Scandinavians
Odin, the All-Father God, has two Ravens named Huginn and Muninn Thought and Memory
that travel to Midgard -- the world of Men -- and report the happenings back to him.
With a screeching croak and a flash of it's mystic deep purple feathers, the raven soared from the tree tops to Odin's arm in Asgard.
The Futhark are the runes used by the Vikings, and those from Scandinavia. The original Futhark consisted of 18 symbols, each standing for a letter as well as being symbolic.
Futhark are used for writing, rune stones, magic, and divination. Some would carve the Futhark rune Tiwaz into their weapons before battle, and it was believed to achieve victory.
The more modern Futhark consist of 24 symbols and the 1 blank symbol, or the Unknowlable or Unchangable.
In the use of Divination, Futhark are used in Rune Casting. It is said that although seemingly random, when you cast or draw a rune, it will choose you and you can feel the power of the right rune. Their uses can be to foretell the future, or recognize and solve problems within yourself and others; a tap to the all knowing subconcious and wisdom.
Anyone interested in learning about Futhark for written language, magic, divination, or any other means, can look in really any book store which will usually carry atleast one book on the runes.
By the sacrifice and will of Odin, did the Futhark come to the knowledge of those in Midgard.