There are many names of Odin.
In the “Grimnismol” Odin, himself, states: “A single name have I never had since first among men I fared”.
The use of Odin’s many names is even mentioned in the “Gylfiginning” where it is stated: “. . . most names have been given him as a result of the fact that with all the branches of languages in the world, each nation finds it necessary to adopt his name to their language for invocation and prayers for themselves, but some events giving rise to these names have taken place in his travels and have been made the subject of stories, and you cannot claim to be a wise man if you are unable to tell of these important happenings.”
Here it is stated that Odin’s different names originate from two sources:
- The many languages of the world.
- Stories about events in his life.
Of course, the many…
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