|Title:||The Cunning God|
|Saxon name:||Woden or Wotan|
|Relations:||Father of Thor, Tyr and Balder|
|Day of week:||Wednesday|
Odin was the chief and father of the gods.He had a wonderful horse called Sleipnir, which had eight legs, and could travel over land and water. He had two ravens, who brought him news from far away.
Odin only had one eye. He gave the other for a drink from a spring of water called Mimir, under Yggdrasill, the World Tree. If you drink from the spring, you will get wisdom and understanding. So Odin became the cleverest of the gods. He invented Runes, the secret writing of the Saxons and Vikings, which not only stored knowledge, but could be used for magic.
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