Apparently it isn’t as clear cut as we all think. Sure he only had one eye and wore anti-bird-poop shoulder pads for his friends Muninn and Huginn, but the old texts are open to interpretation.

Annette Lassen, who has a PhD in Norse Philology (wait, is that right? YES, I learned a new word today. Philology is the study of language in written historical sources.)

Where was I? Right. Annette Lassen says researchers should ditch the Christian perception of Odin because those texts draw upon Christian traditions, and because the writers had different intentions. Odin might just be a old immigrant nobleman in Sweden.

Hey, she’s the one with the PhD. I swear you can get a PhD in anything.

http://sciencenordic.com/medieval-texts-colour-our-knowledge-about-odin

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