The God Óðinn (Odin)

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    Jackson CrawfordJackson Crawford

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    A short introduction to the surprisingly complex king of the gods in Norse myth.
    Dr. Jackson Crawford is Instructor of Nordic Studies and Nordic Program Coordinator at the University of Colorado Boulder (formerly UC Berkeley and UCLA). He is a historical linguist and an experienced teacher of Old Norse, Modern Icelandic, and Norwegian. Visit www.JacksonWCrawford.com
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Odinn Thor
Odinn Thor

Greetings

Vor 4 Tage
Arch Yeomans
Arch Yeomans

I've been to Iceland and have relatives there. I went when I was younger in the dead of winter. I enjoyed it but didn't know anything about Norse mythology and Snorri Sturluson. Now that I had become a Tolkien fan a few years ago and reading up on Norse mythology, I see exactly where Tolkien got his inspiration. He got it from literature such as the Icelandic Prose Edda. The name of the dwarves are also names used in The Hobbit as well in Lord of the Rings. As far as Odin is concerned, I had no idea he came from Troy. A common belief was held by the Romans as well. I also wonder how places like Byzantium influenced Norse Mythology.

Vor 4 Tage
Kelly Kelleher
Kelly Kelleher

Vor 26 Tage
odin
odin

Fantastic Video!

Vor Monat
Jack Wolf
Jack Wolf

I'm a great fan of your work, Professor Crawford. Amazing stuff. Now eagerly awaiting you latest, which should go to print on Nov 20th according to Amazon ;-)

Vor 2 Monate
Joshua Lane
Joshua Lane

So I live in coal creek canyon just south of Nederland. There is a mountain here off twin spruce called Mt. Thorodin which is Thor & Odin in one word!

Vor 2 Monate
Grant Jarvis
Grant Jarvis

IMO Odin reminds of Stalin. A tyrant possessed to achieve his goals regardless of cost - the more the better cause he enjoyed the killing. A drunk like stalin too.

Vor 4 Monate
Lars Pallesen
Lars Pallesen

Odin advises sobriety in Havamal.

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Koby Mathews
Koby Mathews

Everytime he says popular culture I'm pretty sure he's talking about Marvel😂

Vor 5 Monate
odin
odin

I love marvel and i also miss waffle crisps.....

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Odin
Odin

My 54th great grandfather

Vor 5 Monate
Autumn Windwalker
Autumn Windwalker

The wooden staff thing is cool but poison would have been just as effective and probably less messy. LOL

Vor 6 Monate
raphael vitton
raphael vitton

This is one of your best videos. It shows a great deal of insight into Odin. Fantastic.

Vor 6 Monate
Mike, from Texas
Mike, from Texas

What do you think about the depiction of Odin in Neil Gaimans "American Gods" series?

Vor 7 Monate
luffy dexter
luffy dexter

i have a friend that telled me odin is a good guy just don,t piss him off

Vor 7 Monate
Manuel Magaña
Manuel Magaña

Is there anyway one day we could have a video explaining the differences between the anglo saxons and the vikings?

Vor 7 Monate
Drew Olson
Drew Olson

How would Othinn be written using runes? Would it be elder or younger futhark?

Vor 8 Monate
kerri blackman
kerri blackman

Those clouds!

Vor 8 Monate
BombTubeJamz
BombTubeJamz

Feel like i could walk up to odin lol

Vor 18 Tage
Adrien Dupont
Adrien Dupont

The eddas are crap. Snorri just misrepresented the Nordic "religion"

Vor 9 Monate
Goosecore
Goosecore

Yup, forgery to make Christians scared of the Old Gods. Trusting the eternal enemy of true European religion and traditions about European religion and tradition must really be "science" on a whole new low. It cant be taken serious. But sure, go ask your biggest enemy to write down a story of who you are when you arent around to defend yourself and see what type of a person he turns you into in his little story. I bet you it wont be a very nice read, it will spread a message that demonizes and distorts who you really are and were in his own selfish benefit.

Vor 11 Monate
Aaron Lewis
Aaron Lewis

Shouldn't you be hunting orc?

Vor year
Hunter K
Hunter K

Good afternoon sir. Could you possibly provide a good source for the Saga of Harald Wartooth containing the story in which you reference. That would be immensely appreciated, thank you!

Vor year
Zombie Fool
Zombie Fool

Where is that?

Vor year
Samantha Hoesel
Samantha Hoesel

How would I translate Óðinn into the younger Futhark?

Vor year
Woodchip
Woodchip

Interesting, "wode" in Old English also means mad, crazy or insane. Wode>Woden.

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widhbnw efDwdwDW
widhbnw efDwdwDW

wode is still in English. Just no one uses it

Vor 3 Monate
Faramund
Faramund

Woodchip we haven “woeden” in Dutch which actually means “anger”. And somebody is “woedend” if they’re “furious”.

Vor year
Tyler Watson
Tyler Watson

Hello from Australia, Doc. Would you consider wearing a lapel mic or switching up your audio setup? I can't hear very well and your videos can sometimes be very quiet. Cheers, T.

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Eldr 84
Eldr 84

I thought Odin wore blue? I appreciate your work and channel. Heil from Italy.

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Sunshine&SilverArrow
Sunshine&SilverArrow

Thank you! 🌞

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Brigette Brinton
Brigette Brinton

Oh look! Hel, Fenris, and a Jotun disliked this video.

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Blonde Rider
Blonde Rider

Does W(u)otan has anything to do "satan" ? I heard these two words were related. Anybody knows?

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Blonde Rider
Blonde Rider

Sarah Gray "s-t-n" ( consonant) as the root word doesn't come from Hebrew*, it comes from one of these Proto- Indo- European languages, I believe it's Sanskrit. Old Norse belongs to that group. Hebrew language (or rather the script) was created during Hellenistic era and its vocabulary is mocked from different West Asiatic languages. Ppl get confused because they think that Hebraic alphabetical characters represent the same language. 'Satan' as a mythological / religious character from the bible has got its reputation from misinterpretation of original Hebraic text. this is also the reason why this and other "symbolic descriptions" are transliterated and Latinized/westernized instead of being translated according to proper grammatical form and the true meaning of the root word.

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Sarah Gray
Sarah Gray

That's right. "Wotan" is Germanic, and "Satan" is Hebrew. These two cultures did in fact come in contact at one point (the Norse traded with the Khazars, a powerful trading empire led by Jews) but they are not linguistically related. As far as I know the only people who have ever tried to make a connection between the Odin and Satan are some neo-Nazi groups (most notably Joy of Satan...a group that the official Church of Satan claims they have absolutely nothing to do with) and has no basis in any actual historical account of the Norse! Indeed the only Norse deity that might be compared to Satan would be Loki, whose attributes as a trickster and a fire deity were absorbed into the traditional Scottish/Irish image of Satan as a handsome red-haired man with a penchant for showing up in seedy bars (and yeah...if someone like that shows up down at your local, it's best to avoid him!)

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Max Svensson
Max Svensson

No they have nothing to do with each other. Completely different language groups, religions, continents, cultures and traditions.

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Fredrik S
Fredrik S

My guess for who Odin REALLY was as a historical person would be a religious high class figure from the area conquered by the Romans. He would flee north as his political- and life-views didn't please the local Roman officials. History suggests the area of Thracia as the land where his father Bor lived. Odin would bring with him ritual european culture from the Pre-roman times.

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Tokyo Viking
Tokyo Viking

Spectacular scenery. Thank you

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YezPls
YezPls

I dont trust these stories about how Odin wanted men to die to fight a fight he already knew was lost. Odin was wise, he wouldnt waste time like that. Besides, when you find answers online to "what happens after Ragnarok?" like this: "Most gods die during the battle together with the evil and the two people are left to repopulate the world" one cant stop himself from thinking that it sounds just like a priest made this up to fool pagans into becoming Christians and thinking that Adam and Eve were those 2 people. It wasnt pagans that wrote these things down, remember that. It was Christians, and taking that into consideration you must be critical to things like this which could be used as clear propaganda tools for conversion.

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Goosecore
Goosecore

@Cin Coy Every European would embrace the old Gods, or at least shun invading religions, if they knew more about these things. If they knew that this was their true roots and that it's not a fantasy or just made up silly stories as we are told. The pagan European heritage has the key to our ancestors views off the world, themselves and life. It is important knowledge and sadly with roughly 1000 years of Christian domination most people are clueless, despite being part of Christian cultures which are heavily influenced/molded after pre-Christian traditions and morals.

Vor 7 Monate
Goosecore
Goosecore

@Jason Roberts Just because there is no written source material found does not mean that it did not exist or exists somewhere. You came to a false conclusion.

Vor 8 Monate
Jason Roberts
Jason Roberts

If the Vikings really wanted to preserve their religion, they should've written it down themselves, not left it to the Christians to do, @Goosecore .

Vor 8 Monate
Goosecore
Goosecore

@Carmicha3l Would you trust your mortal enemy on telling you the truth about a religion they regarded as satanic and evil? I wouldnt. The early Christians had no morals at all when it came to defiling and spitting on Old Norse religion or any deviation of the "true faith". Clearly they would forge, discredit and destroy evidence of anything good that came out of Old Norse and in general pre-Christian religion. Despite this, Christianity was molded into a European shape, lining up high festivals and celebrations to almost match those of the previous traditions. Christianity was a plague that sadly infected Europe and its people.

Vor 11 Monate
Austin Wilkerson Music
Austin Wilkerson Music

Dr. Crawford, thanks for another wonderful video! I've noticed that, whenever discussing Odin, you seem to focus heavily on the battle and cunning aspects of his personality without really delving into the mystical or artistic sides. While for most people these are the chief aspects of his character, as a musician I'm reminded that Odin was also a figure who gifted us with magic and poetry and, perhaps most crucially, the moment of artistic inspiration and the impulse to create (and destroy). As a dedicated viewer, artist/musician, and amateur scholar, I'd love to hear your thoughts on these aspects of Odin's character. Thanks and cheers from Kentucky!

Vor year
Austin Wilkerson Music
Austin Wilkerson Music

For example, off the top of my head: Odin's sacrifice of himself unto himself in order to perceive the runes is an apt description of the artistic process (or at least *my* artistic process). Furthermore, the name "Mad One" perfectly describes the state or trance one enters into when trying to compose music or poetry. Just some of my ideas. What do you think? Thanks again!

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Louise R
Louise R

Love the shirt! And the location is stunning.

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David Riggs
David Riggs

Hail Óðinn, the Allfather!

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odin
odin

The all father hails you!

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Erika MacKelvie
Erika MacKelvie

Where specifically is this? I live in CO and would love to go hiking where you filmed this one.

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Luke Ranieri
Luke Ranieri

Fascinating! Thanks, Dr. Crawford!

Vor year
Jack Inglisc
Jack Inglisc

"A complicated and dangerous figure" - just like you then! :) :) :) see; "If you knew Odin like I know Woden;" Enjoy or ridicule, as you please. :)

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Chris W
Chris W

See my petri dish Earth videos. Know this world is indeed made from a giant and that giants are very real. HAIL ODIN

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Chris W
Chris W

I died for my knowledge. I went Asystole while I was partially spinally decapitated. Got a pacemaker now. Got my whole neck fused anterior and posterior. When it happened my mind started filling with the truth of this world. I cannot escape it. It keeps coming in. I also saw in the sky then "4 years ago" what is called "The Wild Hunt".

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Adirondack Bladesmith
Adirondack Bladesmith

The Mad One is fitting. Even if it doesn't necessarily mean anger. He was honest though, and even has been said to admit to over drinking and womanizing.

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Jack Inglisc
Jack Inglisc

Lars - I have known few men who were wholy honest about their encounters with women; how about you? :)

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Lars Pallesen
Lars Pallesen

it's known as humble bragging. It's a very drengr thing to do

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Lars Pallesen
Lars Pallesen

Honest is not an epitaph I would assign to Odin! He's very well versed in the art of deception and tricking people. Also outright lying if that's what it takes. He's also usually disguised and goes under a pseudonym when he's out and about. Thor is honest and straightforward. Odin? Not so much.

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Jack Inglisc
Jack Inglisc

LoL.. Agreed :)

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Adirondack Bladesmith
Adirondack Bladesmith

Jack Ingish hahahaha at least he was when he owned up to overdrinking and womanizing

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Sarah Gray
Sarah Gray

When you read the Eddas, Odin comes across as a mean and shifty old man, more like Mister Wednesday from American Gods than like any other popular depiction of him. I suppose the gods and heroes of any given culture reflect the values and attitudes of the culture that they sprang from, and although I have an interest in the pre-Christian Norse I also think that Northern Europe gained a lot of wonderful new ideas when they became Christian...including writing down what they knew of their older ways, without which such lore would be long forgotten!

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Goosecore
Goosecore

"I suppose the gods and heroes of any given culture reflect the values and attitudes of the culture that they sprang from" Yep, certainly. Which was why monks and other "scholars" forged and lied about anything that came before them to discredit the "evil satanic traditions". No part of Europe was given anything of value when it became Christianized. On the contrary the Christians destroyed and defiled everything that wasnt deemed upholding Bible standards. Medicine, art and science was instead of encouraged cut short and only monks were allowed to perform it, if at all it was forced into a Christian mold. Christianity is that of Jewish cult members of the Middle East and never belonged in Europe.

Vor 11 Monate
Faramund
Faramund

I think it’s more like that Thor was a god popular among commoners and Odin among the “Jarls”. The Jarls were also the ones that did and commanded the fighting and thus would give many people to Odin. An efficient battle strategy is made of the mind, not of honor or strength. Trickery is in that case one of the best things to master. This is how I see Odin bound together as being a God of war, the mind and death. It all comes together in the Jarls. I’m pretty sure the rigsþula describes them that way, which is how I formed the idea. Also the road to becoming a powerful Jarl is paved with death and trickery as you might’ve seen in a show like Game of Thrones.

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Max Svensson
Max Svensson

In the first place: If they hadn't become Christian they wouldn't have forgotten them. Secondly writing down lore is not a Christian concept, third the Roman Alphabet is pre Christian. It seems like you didn't bring logical thinking with your Christianity. What wonderful new ideas did you bring? To burn people alive? Dictatorship? And in what way are those abrahamitic traditions new?

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megin na
megin na

Writing down "the old ways" wasn't really a Northern Europe thing, it was an Iceland thing.

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David Weihe
David Weihe

Backwards. Mr. Wednesday comes across like a version of Old One Eye more than most depictions, especially Anthony Hopkins' (or Stan Lee's) version. Not that Marvel's Odin IS the god, of course, but is a copyrighted and trademarked character vaguely similar to the Sagas character.

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Gary Chynne
Gary Chynne

if i ever get another cat i think i'll call 'im oden. no really that's how i spell it. harharhar. thank yew gare

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Anthony Hargis
Anthony Hargis

Always interesting and educational, Professor. Love the videos.

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Allan Johnson
Allan Johnson

Those sleeves are killing me

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Jack Inglisc
Jack Inglisc

:)

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Stefan Schneider
Stefan Schneider

The most beautiful mountain scenery so far!

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Swínhelm
Swínhelm

Best view so far.

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Douglas Schmitt
Douglas Schmitt

Stunning backdrop!

Vor year
inregionecaecorum
inregionecaecorum

Didn't the Romans equate Odin/Woden/Wotan with Mercury, hence we have Wednesday in English, and Mercredi in French. Also in German Wut means anger, very close to Wotan in sound don't you think?

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megin na
megin na

Stefan Schneider What German text is that?

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Sue Wagner
Sue Wagner

Ansuz the 4th rune, Wednesday the 4th day...

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Stefan Schneider
Stefan Schneider

Correct (I am German). In Old High German texts it is said "W(u)otan ist Wut" (fury),

Vor year
Taste Sking
Taste Sking

what do you think of survive the jive's talk on odin?

Vor year
Jack Inglisc
Jack Inglisc

Intellectually informative.

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iStxr
iStxr

Do you know Latin?

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Jonassoe
Jonassoe

Have you ever read the Valhalla comics by Peter Madsen? In these, Odin is often portrayed as wise and cunning, but also as a character of questionable moral values. Despite the fact that he's the king of the gods, it's often difficult to portray him as a particularly dignified character if you want to be faithful to the source material, so the comic just has some fun with the character instead.

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Max Svensson
Max Svensson

Compared to the Greek Gods the Scandinavian Gods have more of a goal with their behaviour. While Zeus can be just selfish Odin is Cruel to a higher end, if to get his hand on the mead of poetry or to build his army in preparation for Ragnarök.

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ⲈⲘⲒⳐ ϝᚱⲀ ⱌεᚣⳚϟⲯssέᛇ

Valhalla is the best mainstream retelling of the myths... Peter Madsen is visually a genious

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Jake Karr
Jake Karr

I love your videos but I wish they were shorter like this one.

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Raven Blood
Raven Blood

Yep, as Soon as he said "Slepinir" it sounded like Sleipnir's hooves beating through the sky! ( Apparently the mic is right on key with the wind) again, thanks Mr. Jackson!

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Jake Nielsen
Jake Nielsen

I've met Woden. And no, I don't mean that figuratively. The reports in the sagas are genuine.

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Long Legged Mac Daddy
Long Legged Mac Daddy

Should we believe all the people that claim to have been visited by Jesus and angels too?

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Preußischer Jäger
Preußischer Jäger

I have seen an odd lady who looked as though she was wearing old victorian era clothing, and looked as though she had cried earlier with makeup on. She was on an ATV trail deep in the middle of no where and had asked me and another person on the trip where a highway was, we lived near the highway but it was FAR away from that trail, walking wise. I do not know who this was, or what it was, but this still makes me think to this day. I have also seen a shadow person dead on in my vision one time, removing the possibility that it was simply a corner of the eye illusion. I as well used to be a die hard atheist, even after these encounters, however as of now I am far more accepting of occult experiences such as these as it too would be unscientific to simply deny them (well the lady is arguable, but not the shadow person). I have also seen other experiences. I hope to see something relating to a god however, as everything so far was definitely out of worldly, but not necessarily godly.

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5280 Coaching
5280 Coaching

Wow. Amazing story. Thanks for posting. Odin is cool.

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DoubleTapp TV
DoubleTapp TV

i have a bridge for sale @people in this comment thread.

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Matheus Turl
Matheus Turl

Can you describe his face? Was he like in the ancient descriptions like one eyed bearded old man?

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Tina
Tina

That place is gorgeous. The stories in the Eddas about Oðin remind me why I like Þor so much more.

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Swínhelm
Swínhelm

So the idea of Vikings wearing horned helmets came from Wagner? I was wondering about that.

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Lars Pallesen
Lars Pallesen

There are no "old German myths". In the late 19th Century there was a wave of fascination with the old and the original known as romanticism. When this wave gripped German artists they eagerly went looking for old German myths and found ... nothing. So they borrowed the old norse myths and gods and gave them "Germanic" sounding names which they thought sounded cool and romantic, like Wotan. Wagner brewed a stew out of these operatic "German gods" and put horns on their helmets and injected some made up German heroes with names like Brünhilde and Sigmund! It was these phony Wagnerian "German" gods and heroes that so enthralled Hitler BTW. But they were all knicked from old norse mythology or made up in the late 19th century by artists and poets to satisfy an need for something old and original that could unite the recent construction known as The Bundesrepublik (of Germany). Wotan is a romantic Wagnerian opera "god" that has no place in real mythology. It was a desperate attempt at inventing a common (and glorious) past. Something which was original and German. The truth is that Germany had been Christian at least since the West Roman empire crumbled in the 5th Century! And then of course came the Holy Roman Empire. They never knew or worshipped the norse gods.

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Max Svensson
Max Svensson

1) There is no such myths. 2) Scandinavia didn't adapt anything. 3) What is Old German? It is contradictory since Germany is a modern political creation. You probably mean continental Germanic myths.

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Swínhelm
Swínhelm

Are there surviving myths where he's the king of the gods rather than Odin? I thought that was just speculation

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mejlaification
mejlaification

Thank you yet again, Doctor. Fancy shirt and a great view. I sometimes imagine this is similar to how ancient Scandinavia looked like :D

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syyskuu
syyskuu

Dr. Crawford sir! I'd like to implore you to enable captions (automatic) in your videos. It's very easy to listen to, definitely, but captions always make following a whole video a much "lighter" experience for me. Anyhow, love your vids. :)

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syyskuu
syyskuu

Wonderful, thanks for your informative reply Kate! :)

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Kate Elliott
Kate Elliott

This is being worked on--there's 3 people going through videos and painstakingly captioning manually, as the automatic stuff is garbage for this kind of content.

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josephrainer
josephrainer

It seems to me by those descriptions that Odin was (at least in a way) the representation of Death himself, like the Death figure we have today - hooded, with a scythe, coming to reape someone's soul. A spear that never misses, a horse that runs faster than any other horse, seems all a metaphor for the inevitability of Death, and how it can happen so suddenly.

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BombTubeJamz
BombTubeJamz

My question is Where did the gods come from and how they get their abilities, did a different race create them before disapearing, i guess odin an thor was sitting up there with zues, enki and enlil , while other alien races was every where in the multiverses that gods made the multiverse with eachother some how i guessing

Vor 18 Tage
Autumn Windwalker
Autumn Windwalker

Psychopomp, yes.

Vor 6 Monate
Lars Pallesen
Lars Pallesen

I came to the exact same conclusion only a couple of nights ago! There is an aura of death around Odin. Something dark, foreboding and inevitable.

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Ét ö
Ét ö

It’s quite proper that he seeks to escape his inevitable death at any cost, doing to others what he fears the most.

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Max Svensson
Max Svensson

But just the warriors death. He is the demons that haunt all soldiers the rest of their lives.

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Third Eye Awake
Third Eye Awake

Uh yes more of these mountain views please

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Richard DeLotto
Richard DeLotto

Volume issues again...

Vor year
Hurf Derfman
Hurf Derfman

As always Doc, thanks for the info!

Vor year

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