Pagan Portals Odin – an excerpt

Mar 2nd, 2018 | By | Category: Book News, Books, Books for Heathens

Pagan Portals Odin, by Morgan Daimler, comes out this month. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction.

“One of the most well-known and popular Norse Gods is without a doubt Odin. Honored by people across a wide array of different Pagan and Heathen traditions, called by many names, if you ask most people to think of a deity from the Norse pantheon Odin is the one they would likely mention (although Thor is probably a close second). A god who is well known yet still mysterious, who inspires both love and fear in those who acknowledge him, Odin’s name still resonates with many people today.

Unlike some Germanic deities Odin is not an obscure God for whom we have only hints or a handful of references. In fact the opposite is true, Odin is found in so much material under so many different names that it can become difficult to keep it all straight and hard to ever feel as if you understand him, no matter how well studied you are. For people new to Heathenry, Asatru, or Norse paganism in general, getting to know Odin represents a real challenge and more so because not every source out there is trustworthy. This book then, as part of the Pagan Portals series, is meant to be a basic introductory text for those interested in Odin. This does not represent an end in anyone’s journey to get to know this enigmatic deity, but rather a beginning and hopefully a useful reference.

Odin’s name as we know it and as I am using it here is the Anglicized form of the Norse Oðinn which is ultimately derived from the proto-Germanic Woðanaz, itself from the proto-Indo-European root word wodeno meaning ‘inspired, raging, or mad’ (Harper, 2016). There are several related words in languages found in cultures who honored Odin, including the Norse óðr which means both ‘voice’ or ‘poetry’ and ‘frenzy’ and the Anglo-Saxon wod meaning ‘fury’ (Gundarsson, 2006). The root of wod has different connotations within the word we usually translate in English as fury, and these range from poetic inspiration to madness, however, even the concept of madness must be understood within context not as lunacy but as a king of divine ecstasy or possession (Kershaw, 2000). Looking at these root meanings for Odin’s name can give us our first hints of his character, and indeed he is a God who inspires both creativity in poets and battle frenzy in warriors.”

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