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The Sons of Odin in Norse Mythology.

Updated on November 7, 2016

Odin who is often referred to as the Allfather is the leader of the Gods of the Northern tradition. Odin is a wise god who walks the earth looking for greater knowledge and understanding. Odin and his brothers Vili and Ve created the human race from the same slain giant that they created the world from. Odin is wisdom and he is fated to die at Ragnorok with the other gods who make up his tribe. Until then he recruits the worthy to fight against the legion's of Hel and Surtr at the end of time. Odin is attributed as having many children with many different women.Some are human while others are of Jotuns or other gods. He is very much an identical god to Zues of the Greek mythology, both had a well documented love of ladies. Maybe been the chief sky god has a positive effect on your libido.

Odins runes
Odins runes

Odin's most famous son is the Thunder God Thor, Thor is the champion of mankind and watches over Midgard. Thor's mother was a giantess and Thor spends a lot of his time trying to destroy giants or best them in battle. Thor is destined to die at Ragnorak, but he is survived by his two sons and a daughter. Thor is brave, noble and honourable and will do what is right at the time. On some of his quests in the Saga's he is accompanied in his adventure's by Loki.

Odin also has twin sons Baldur and Hoor. Baldur is the god of light and Hoor is a god who is blind but is the god of night. Baldur is a much loved god in heathen worship and in the saga's Loki becomes jealous of him. Loki engineers Baldur's death by finding the one natural object in the realms which did promise not to harm him. Loki found out that Mistletoe did not make the promise as it was deemed too young to be asked. Loki fashioned a dart from it and got Baldur's twin brother to throw it. Baldur died instantly and went to Helheim, Baldurs wife Nanna died of a broken heart and joined her husband in the realm of Hel. Hoor was killed by his half brother Vali as an act of revenge.

Hermond the swift is also another child of Odin and he is the god responsible for messages. When Baldur is killed, Hermond is dispatched to try to get Baldur back from the realm of Helheim. Hermond is the only god to have gone into Helheim in living form and returned. Odin also has another son by the giantess Gunloo. He is called Bragi, Bragi is the God of Poetry. He was conceived during Odin's attempts to get back the mead of inspiration. Bragi is the husband of the Goddess Idunna. Bragi is effectively the storyteller of the Northern gods and in Germanic traditions poets were highly regarded for their ability to weave words into destiny and keep the tribe together.

Baldur with his wife Nanna visited by Hermond.
Baldur with his wife Nanna visited by Hermond. | Source

The saga's point to a number of other gods who may also be sons of Odin but the ones I have covered are universally recognised as his family. There are also tales of offspring with Human maidens, but these children do not compare with the stories of Zeus and his demigods. Although in Dark Age warfare, many Kings and Nobles would boost of their bloodlines link to Odin, the Allfather. The Saxon house that the Queen of the United Kingdom belongs too, is said to have Odin as its founding father. Whether or not this is true, is subject to endless debate.

The problem we have is that a lot of the knowledge has been lost over time and it is a history I feel we miss. And it is something of a mystery I cannot see us solving.


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      Asp52 5 years ago from England

      You are correct, I think i did make a common error there, thank you for reading MythDen

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      MythDen 5 years ago

      Very good hub, however Váli (who you mentioned in the first paragraph) is actually Odin's son. Vili and Vé are Odin's brothers, an easy mistake to make! Keep up the good work.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Interesting chronology of a belief system that prevailed from pre-history through the middle ages...Myth, mystery, and make-believe do not appeal to me as historical interest...the human mind clutches to something bigger than itself...Sure, a grand perspective on human history involves many fabricated tales of the supernatural, and idealist conditions humans so crave...

      Perhaps myths do tell us something about the people and their mindsets during prehistory and afterwards...But to think we have built a moral code, a belief system, based on mythology, is building on a very weak and undisciplined thought process that denies human capacity for innovation and growth...Larry

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