Odin, the supreme god of the Nordic pantheon, was the god of war and war making, wisdom, poetry, prophesizing and magic, however also the god of the dead. In Teutonic mythology the corresponding character was Vodan, or Votan, Odhinn, in Anglo-Saxon mythology Woden. As the god of war, Odin was the master of Valkyries, twelve maiden warriors who lived together with him in Valhalla, hall of the dead heroes, where the his court was. He acquired his wisdom drinking from the fountain watched by Mimir, the guard of the underground fountains and springs.
For nine days and nine nights Odin hung heed first on the Tree of the World - Yggdrasil. During the course of that sacrificing accomplish­ment he learned nine poems of power and eighteen runes, which gave him the ability to communicate with the dead and to increase his own wisdom in that manner. In the name of wisdom Odin also sacrificed one of his eyes, exchanging it with Mimir for the permission to quench his thirst from the Fountain of Wisdom. That was how he became the one-eyed god. It was believed that his only remaining eye shone like the Sun.
Odin's wife was Frigga. Odin lived in Asgard, in the Valaskjalf mansion. There stood his throne, wherefrom he watched what was happening in all the nine worlds of the Nordic universe. In this in was assisted by two ravens, Hugin and Munin, who flew the worlds every day and told him what happened outside upon their return.
Odin had the spear named Gungnir, made for him by the dwarves. The spear never missed its target. When Odin hurled it, that spear marked the beginning of the war between the Aesirs and the Vanirs, the first war of all the wars in the world. Besides the spear, Odin's attributes also were the quiver with ten arrows, not a single one ever missing, and the finger ring Draupnir, out of which another eight finger rings originated every ninth night. This god was usually portrayed as a wise old man with a long white beard, or as a war commander with gold helmet on his head, spear in his right hand, and shield in his left.
As the god of wind Odin rode on his eight-legged horse Sleipnir. Like many other gods, he had the power to transform himself into any shape he chose, and he had many names. He paid frequent visits to the earthly world to see how people behaved, and to check how they would treat him not knowing who he really was.
Odin was the god of brave warriors and noble families, many of such maintaining that they descended from him. Odin's sons are: Thor, Balder, Vidar, Bragi, Bali, Tyr, and Hoder. On the day of Ragnarok Odin got killed by the wolf Fenrir.