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    Question Odin's Wives?

    Hope this is the right place to ask this. I've only just begun reading the mythology, and I want to get something straight in my head before I go any further. So this might be a stupid question.
    Did Odin have a bunch of wives? And what was the view on plural marriage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tisme View Post
    Hope this is the right place to ask this. I've only just begun reading the mythology, and I want to get something straight in my head before I go any further. So this might be a stupid question.
    Did Odin have a bunch of wives? And what was the view on plural marriage?
    Beware of literalism when reading the Eddas.
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    I recall Odin only being married to Frigg. I remember she bore him quite a few sons though (not unusual in any mythology or the time these mythologies were invented). I don't think he was like Zeus who had what, 1,000 wives? I think good ol' Odin understood having just one wife is enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schopenhauer View Post
    Beware of literalism when reading the Eddas.
    Fair warning, alto more a symptom of our time and age where such texts have to literal true 100% or else be considered as nothing more then fanciful lies. Related to this I would recommend Sallustius work On the Gods and the Cosmos which also covers the nature of myths.

    Now keeping this in mind I will answer the questions asked in the OP :

    Quote Originally Posted by tisme View Post
    Did Odin have a bunch of wives?
    No, as far as I know Odin has one wife. This is not like Southern-European mythologies where gods are know to sleep around. This is also a reflection of the importance that is placed on fidelity in Germanic cultures.

    And what was the view on plural marriage?
    Germanics have a monogamous society. Alto it might be serial monogamy for some.
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    Odin was married several times. His second wife was Frigg, with whom he bor Baldur. He bor Thor with his wife Jord. With the giantess, Grydur, he bor Vídar and by Rinda he was father of Vali.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ælfrun View Post
    Odin was married several times. His first wife was Frigg, with whom he bor Baldur. He bor Thor with his wife Jord. With the giantess, Grydur, he bor Vídar and by Rinda he was father of Vali.

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    I am familiar that he has children with others. However I do not think he was in state of marriage with them.
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    That would kind of negate the high value placed on monogamy, though, yes?

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    The Gods are not human, so to attribute human attributes to them is foolish.

    The gods do not marry, nor do they bear children. They create out of the prima materia, in this case Ginnungagap/ the body of Ymir.

    But back to Odin. Odin's wife is Freya. In Freya, Odin finds his opposite number, the power of the unconscious/ seid magic. In Odin, Freya finds her opposite number, the isolate consciousness/ galdor. Understood properly, the interplay between Odin and Freya represents the dynamic polarities whose constant interminglings give rise to Midgard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GroeneWolf View Post
    I am familiar that he has children with others. However I do not think he was in state of marriage with them.
    You're right, Odin was only married to Frigg. The European gods were all strictly monogamous, even though the Greek gods were more prone to cheating on their spouses than the Aesir were.

    And no, I don't think plural marriage is anything Germanics should aspire to. Polygamy is usually found in stupid, backwards, Islamic, third-world countries, whereas every advanced civilization has been monogamous.

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    OK. I didn't think polygamy was a germanic thing, but I got confused about Odin and his children.

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