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Odin \O"din\, prop. n. [Icel. ?; prob.akin to E. wood,

  1. See Wednesday.] (Northern Mythol.) The supreme deity of the Scandinavians; -- the same as Woden, of the German tribes.

    There in the Temple, carved in wood, The image of great Odin stood.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

chief Teutonic god, the All-Father, a 19c. revival in reference to Scandinavian neo-paganism, from Danish, from Old Norse Oðinn, from Proto-Germanic *Wod-enaz-, name of the chief Germanic god (source of Old English Woden, Old High German Wuotan), from PIE *wod-eno-, *wod-ono- "raging, mad, inspired," from root *wet- (1) "to blow; inspire, spiritually arouse" (see wood (adj.)).

Odin, IL -- U.S. village in Illinois
Population (2000): 1122
Housing Units (2000): 485
Land area (2000): 1.010057 sq. miles (2.616035 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.010057 sq. miles (2.616035 sq. km)
FIPS code: 55210
Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17
Location: 38.616427 N, 89.053982 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 62870
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Odin, IL
Odin, MN -- U.S. city in Minnesota
Population (2000): 125
Housing Units (2000): 66
Land area (2000): 0.362736 sq. miles (0.939483 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.362736 sq. miles (0.939483 sq. km)
FIPS code: 48094
Located within: Minnesota (MN), FIPS 27
Location: 43.866568 N, 94.742004 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 56160
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Odin, MN
Odin (disambiguation)

Odin is the chief god of the Norse pantheon.

Odin may also refer to:

Odin (software)

In computing, Odin is a project to run Microsoft Windows programs on OS/2 or convert them to OS/2 native format. It also provides the Odin32 API to compile Win32 (Windows API) programs for OS/2.

The project's goals are:

  1. Every Windows program should load and operate properly;
  2. Create a complete OS/2 implementation of the Win32 API.

Although this is far from complete, much of the Win32 API is not widely used, so partial implementation will give usable results. Odin32 is already used commercially for the OS/2 port of the Opera web browser.

Odin (comics)

Odin is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is first mentioned in Journey into Mystery #85 (Oct. 1962), then first appears in Journey into Mystery #86 (Nov. 1962), and was adapted from the Odin of Norse mythology by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He is the father of Thor and former king of Asgard.

Sir Anthony Hopkins portrays Odin in the 2011 superhero feature film, Thor, and reprised his role in the 2013 sequel, Thor: The Dark World, while he is set to reprise the role in the upcoming 2017 sequel, Thor: Ragnarok.

Odin (satellite)

Odin is a Swedish satellite working in two disciplines: astrophysics and aeronomy, and it was named after Odin of Norse mythology. Within the field of astrophysics, Odin was used until the spring of 2007 aiding in the study of star formation. Odin is still used for aeronomical observations, including exploration of the depletion of the ozone layer and effects of global warming.

The main instrument on Odin is a radiometer using a 1.1 m telescope, designed to be used for both the astronomy and aeronomy missions. The radiometer works at 486-580 GHz and at 119 GHz. The second instrument on board is the OSIRIS (Optical Spectrograph and InfraRed Imager System).

Odin was developed by the Space Systems Division of Swedish Space Corporation (now OHB Sweden) as part of an international project involving the space agencies of Sweden ( SNSB), Finland ( TEKES), Canada ( CSA) and France ( CNES). Odin was launched on a START-1 rocket on February 20, 2001 from Svobodny, Russia.

In April 2007, astronomers announced that Odin had made the first ever detection of molecular oxygen in interstellar clouds.

Odin (album)

Odin is a concept album about Norse mythology by the German power metal band Wizard.

Odin (EP)

Odin is an EP by Japanese band Loudness. It was released in 1985 only in Japan in two versions, with and without the instrumental tracks. All the tracks were used for the soundtrack of the Japanese anime movie Odin: Photon Sailer Starlight.

Odin (name)

Odin is both a surname and a given name. Notable people with the name include:


  • Cécile Odin (born 1965), French cyclist
  • Jaishree Odin (born 1952), academic at the University of Hawaii
  • Jean Odin (1889–1975), French politician
  • Jean-Marie Odin (1807–1870), French Roman Catholic missionary, first Bishop of Galveston, and second Archbishop of New Orleans

Given name:

  • Odin Langen (1913–1976), American politician and U.S. Representative from Minnesota
Odin (firmware flashing software)

Odin is a utility software developed and used internally by Samsung which can be used to flash a Custom Recovery firmware image (as opposed to the Stock recovery firmware image) to a Samsung Android device. It is also used as a way of unbricking an Android device. There is no account of Samsung ever having officially released it, and is believed to be the result of an unintentional leak. Odin is Windows only software, providing no support for other operating systems, though it is possible to use Wineskin on the Odin executable, allowing it to run on OS X.

ODIN (cable system)

ODIN was a submarine telecommunications cable system linking the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

It was 1040 km in length and used Synchronous Digital Hierarchy technology and had two 2.5 Gbit/s lines (One active and one redundant) and can simultaneously carry 30,000 telephone calls. It was built in 3 segments (Segment 1: Netherlands - Denmark, segment 2: Denmark - Norway, Segment 3: Norway - Sweden) and the project cost DKK 480m (Approx. €64.5m).

It had landing points in:

  1. Alkmaar, Netherlands
  2. Måde, Denmark
  3. Blåbjerg, Denmark
  4. Kristiansand, Norway
  5. Lysekil, Sweden

The segment between Måde and Blåbjerg was overland (shown in blue).

ODIN Seg1 is out of service since 1 January 2007.

Segment 3 is out of service since approximately 22 April 2008.

The last segment was taken out of service before January 2009.


In Germanic mythology, Odin (from Old Norse Óðinn) is a widely revered god. In Norse mythology, from which stems most of our information about the god, Odin is associated with healing, death, royalty, the gallows, knowledge, battle, sorcery, poetry, frenzy, and the runic alphabet, and is the husband of the goddess Frigg. In wider Germanic mythology and paganism, Odin was known in Old English as Wōden, in Old Saxon as Wōdan, and in Old High German as Wuotan or Wōtan, all stemming from the reconstructed Proto-Germanic theonym *wōđanaz.

Odin is a prominently mentioned god throughout the recorded history of the Germanic peoples, from the Roman occupation of regions of Germania through the tribal expansions of the Migration Period and the Viking Age. In the modern period, Odin continued to be acknowledged in the rural folklore of Germanic Europe. References to Odin appear in place names throughout regions historically inhabited by the ancient Germanic peoples, and the day of the week Wednesday bears his name in many Germanic languages, including English.

In Anglo-Saxon England, Odin held a particular place as a euhemerized ancestral figure among royalty, and he is frequently referred to as a founding figure among various other Germanic peoples, including the Langobards and in most of Scandinavia. Forms of his name appear frequently throughout the Germanic record, though narratives regarding Odin are primarily found in Old Norse works recorded in Iceland, primarily around the 13th century, texts which make up the bulk of modern understanding of Norse mythology.

In Old Norse texts, Odin is depicted as one-eyed and long-bearded, frequently wielding a spear named Gungnir, and wearing a cloak and a broad hat. He is often accompanied by his animal companions—the wolves Geri and Freki and the ravens Huginn and Muninn, who bring him information from all over Midgard—and Odin rides the flying, eight-legged steed Sleipnir across the sky and into the underworld. Odin is attested as having many sons, most famously the god Baldr with Frigg, and is known by hundreds of names. In these texts, Odin frequently seeks knowledge in some manner and in disguise (most famously by obtaining the Mead of Poetry), at times makes wagers with his wife Frigg over the outcome of exploits, and takes part in both the creation of the world by way of slaying the primordial being Ymir and the gift of life to the first two humans Ask and Embla. Odin has a particular association with Yule, and mankind's knowledge of both the runes and poetry is also attributed to Odin.

In Old Norse texts, Odin is given primacy over female beings associated with the battlefield—the valkyries—and he himself oversees the afterlife location Valhalla, where he receives half of those who die in battle, the einherjar. The other half are chosen by goddess Freyja for her afterlife location, Fólkvangr. Odin consults the disembodied, herb-embalmed head of the wise being Mímir for advice, and during the foretold events of Ragnarök, Odin is told to lead the einherjar into battle before being consumed by the monstrous wolf Fenrir. In later folklore, Odin appears as a leader of the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession of the dead through the winter sky. Odin is also particularly associated with charms and other forms of magic, such as in Old English and Old Norse texts.

Odin has been a frequent subject of study in Germanic studies and numerous theories surround the god. Some of these focus on Odin's particular relation to other figures, such as that Freyja's husband Óðr appears to be something of an etymological doublet of the god, whereas Odin's wife Frigg is in many ways similar to Freyja, and that Odin has a particular relation to the figure of Loki. Other approaches focus on Odin's place in the historical record, a frequent question being whether Odin is derived from Proto-Indo-European religion, or whether he developed later in Germanic society. In the modern period, Odin has inspired numerous works of poetry, music, and other forms of media. He is venerated in most forms of the new religious movement Heathenry, together with other gods venerated by the ancient Germanic peoples; some focus particularly on him.

Usage examples of "odin".

Odin, a happy television voice announced, had dropped 20 millibars in the past two hours.

Odin by that moment had dropped another couple of frightening millibars and had moved one minute north-west.

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In the great hall Valhalla reigned Odin, king of the Aesir, and his wife Frigga.

Odin paused, and a shudder seemed to run through all the Aesir in that great hall, Valhalla.

Ford looked at the heavy gold watch weighing down his left wrist and pushed buttons on a vast television set until he reached a noisy channel giving alarmist details of the development of Odin.

Odin, cycling anti-clockwise, would be buffeting not only us mortals soon, but would be threatening also the aeroplane, which could look after itself in the air, but might be blown onto its back on the ground.

Praise the saints Grimm had been there, and praise Odin for his special talents, or Caithness would have been singing funeral dirges and weeping.

Words full of wisdom Wise Odin chooseth Sitting with Saga Sokvabek's maid.

The questing part had consisted of the almost bloodless routing from the Isle of an invading naval force of maniacal Sea-Mingols, with the help of twelve tall berserks and twelve small warrior-thieves the two heroes had brought with them, and the dubious assistance of the two universes-wandering hobo gods Odin and Loki, and (minor quest) a small expedition to recover certain civic treasures of the Isle, a set of gold artifacts called the Ikons of Reason.

  That Odin, yielding with indignant fury to a power which he was unable to resist, conducted his tribe from the frontiers of the Asiatic Sarmatia into Sweden, with the great design of forming, in that inaccessible retreat of freedom, a religion and a people, which, in some remote age, might be subservient to his immortal revenge.

Odin Thor and Weldin had rigged a fusion power plant to run at full output and linked it to a modified arc furnace of some sort, figuring that the combination of heat and energy would be enough to tempt a Frost Giant into appearing.

The massive arrays of detectors, at Argus Station and Odin Station could pinpoint the direction of a distant source to half an arc second or better.

Odin had been prattling on, excited as of late over the impending arrival into Valhalla of his son Thor's favorite human warrior, Ragnar the Feared.

The wind lashed the waters of the crater lake far below and someone, possibly old Odin, pulled the plug out of the sky so that the rain fell in sheets and wind-driven curtains.