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Have you ever wondered why Odin (Old Norse: Óðinn) only has one eye?
In the poem Völuspá, A Seeress prophesies the death of Baldr, the binding of Fenrir and ultimately Ragnarök (Fate of the Gods). From this moment Odin's existence serves one purpose; delay or prevent Ragnarök.
The Allfather spends much of his time harvesting warriors, through trickery and deceit, for Valhalla (Old Norse: Valhöll - hall of the slain). He sacrificed himself to himself by hanging from Yggdrasil for 9 days and nights, in a quest to gain understanding of the Runes.
Odin's most infamous disfigurement happens when he visits Mímisbrunnr (Old Norse: Mimir's Well). Mímisbrunnr is one of the three wells that sit beneath the roots of Yggdrasil. Mimir is attested for his unparalleled knowledge across the Norse cosmos, something he achieved by drinking the water from his well.
Odin, in his never ending quest for wisdom, asked Mimir if he could drink from the well. Knowing the value of this, Mimir refuses unless Odin offered an eye in return. Without hesitation, Odin gouged out his eye and dropped it into the well. Mimir accepted the sacrifice and dipped Odin's horn into the well and offered him a drink.
It's no coincidence that Mimir asks for an eye, something that is so synonymous with perception and understanding. Odin was sacrificing the physical and earthly for a more sacred and devine wisdom.
Artwork by the insanely talented @badgerkingtattoo taking inspiration from the Aarhus mask
Modeled by the wonderful @ad_einherjar
Photo by the awesome @mikeburnage
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