How Many Names Does Odin Have?

How Many Names Does Odin Have?

How Many Names Does Odin Have?

Odin was known to the Germanic tribes by many differing names. The reasons for this vary but have to do with two main items of observation. First, no large encompassing empire formed from the Northern pagan tribes. There simply was no need for this. Since each ethnic tribe was able to develop freely, the names of Odin grew. Another aspect of this is the fact that Odin has great magical abilities, and primarily, the ability to shape-shift. His many names encompass his many personas, abilities, and deeds. How many names does Odin have? Well, let’s take a look…

 The Many Names of Odin:

All-Father

Attacker by Horse

Attacking Rider

Awakener

Bale Worker

Battle Blinder

Battle Enhancer

Battle Wolf

Bear

Beloved

Blind One

Blinder with Death

Blusterer

Breath

Brother of Vili

Brown One

Burden of Gunnlöð’s Arms

Cargo God

Changeable

Chieftain

Chooser of the Slain

Clever

Closer

Comapanion of the Greutungi

Concealer

Contrary Advisor

Contrary Screamer

Cooler

Courage

Dangler

Deceiver

Delight of Frigg

Divine Inspiration

Double

Dweller in Frigg’s Embrace

Eagle Headed One

Enemy of the Wolf

Engager of Battle

Enjoyer

Entangler

Ever Booming

Famous Lord

Father of Balder

Father of Galdor

Father of Magic

Father of Men

Father of the Slain

Father of Victory

Feeble Eye

Fetter Loosener

Fetterer

First Husband of Frigg

Fleeting

Foe of the Wolf

Frenzied One

Frenzy

Friend of Alters

Friend of Lóður

Friend of Loptr

Friend of Mimir

Friend of the Goths

Fulfiller of Desire

Furious

Gain

Gainful Council

Gautr

Gautr of the Slain

Gelding

Glad in Battle

Glad of War

Gllow’s Burden

God of Battle

God of Being

God of Gods

God of Men

God of Prisoners

God of Runes

God of the Hanged

God Protector

Grey Beard

Grim

Guatr of Men

Guest

Gunnlod’s Embracer

Hang Jaw

Hanged God

Hanged One

Hatter

Hawk

He Who Guesses Right

Helm Bearer

High One

Hoar Beard

Horse Wolf

Horse-Hair Mustache

Host Blinder

Host Father

Host Gautr

Host Glad

Host God

Inciter

Inciter to Strife

Iron Grim

Island Vessel

Journey Advisor

Journey Empowerer

Just as High

Keel Ruler

Killer

King

King of Hliðskjalf

Lean

Lingam

Long Beard

Lord

Lord of Ghosts

Lord of the Earth

Lover

Luller to Sleep

Masked

Master of Fury

Mighty God

Mighty One

Mighty Thule

Mound Lord

Mover of Constellations

Much Wise

Nourisher

Old Man

One Eyed

One from Gotland

One in a Gaping Frenzy

One Who Rides Forth

One with a Straight Forehead

Opener

Pale

Pleasant One

Priest of the Raven Offering

Protector

Quarreler

Raging

Raider

Raven God

Raven Tester

Red Moustache

Reed Bringer

Riddler

Ripper

Roarer

Ruler of Gallows

Ruler of Gods

Ruler of Heaven

Ruler of Weather

Screamer

Seducer

Shaggy Cloak Wearer

Shaker

Skillful Worker

Slain God

Slain Guatr

Slain Receiver

Slain Tame

Smith of Battle

Snatch

Sole Creator of Magical Songs

Son of Bestla

Son of Borr

Spear Charger

Spear God

Spear Inviter

Spear Master

Spearman

Splendid Ruler

Stormer

Stormy

Strength

Sweller

Swinger

Swinger

Swinger of Gungnir

Teacher of Gods

Terrible One

The Blind Guest

The Found

The Hidden One

The Hooded One

The Maligned One

The Masked One

The One of the Host

The Son of Borr

The Truthful

The Warrior

TheAncient Gautr

Third

Thruster

Treachery Ruler

Trembler

Triple

Truth Getter

Tumult God

Twice Blind

User

Very Wise

Victory Author

Victory Bringer

Victory Gautr

Victory God

Victory Successful

Victory Sure

Victory Tree

Vigilant

Visitor of the Hanged

Wagon God

Wand Bearer

Wanderer

Warrior

Wave

Wayfarer

Waytamer

Wayweary

Wealth Friend

Weaver

Welcome One

Wild Huntsman

Wise One

Wish

Wished For

Yeller

Yellow-Brown Back

Yule-Father

 

Then said Gangleri: “Exceeding many names have ye given him; and, by my faith, it must indeed be a goodly wit that knows all the lore and the examples of what chances have brought about each of these names.” Then Hárr made answer: “It is truly a vast sum of knowledge to gather together and set forth fittingly. But it is briefest to tell thee that most of his names have been given him by reason of this chance: there being so many branches of tongues in the world, all peoples believed that it was needful for them to turn his name into their own tongue, by which they might the better invoke him and entreat him on their own behalf. But some occasions for these names arose in his wanderings; and that matter is recorded in tales. Nor canst thou ever be called a wise man if thou shalt not be able to tell of those great events.

-Gylfaginning

 

It has been said that Odin has been known to have over 600 names. This list of course is not all inclusive but does give reference to the point. I would be willing to say has been known by many more that have been lost in the wheel of time.

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