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    The One-eyed Trickster and His Names inns Trickster-Aspect As Evident in Heiti, Sagas and Eddas

    Odin viewed as a trickster god.

    https://www.academia.edu/12424620/Th...s_B.A._Thesis_

    According to the Eddas and sagas, Odinn was the son of Burr, creator of the world, Allfather, Lord of the Aesir and god of warriors and jarls. His hall was Valhalla (hall of the fallen), where to he would call the fallen warriors, to feast and drink and train their fighting skills. Those einherjar would then, come ragnarok, twilight of the gods, ride out with him to the field of Vigridr ("where war is waged") to make a final stand against the forces of chaos, led by Loki and the fire-giant Surtr. At the end of this final battle, so the volva (sibyl, seeress, witch) has foretold, all will be lost and the world will sink into the chaos from which it once was shaped, thus completing the cycle, able to begin anew.

    Were one to evaluate the character of the one called Odinn, based solely on this roughly summarised description of his functions, one would be tempted to view him as a pagan version of the Christian Lord and Father, a good and omniscient, all powerful God striving to protect His creation to His last anthropomorphic breath. While Odinn, in his own way, surely embodies all or most of these characteristics, there is compelling evidence of a controversial, nearly contradictory side to this view.

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    Odin also said he wouldn't drink in any hall where Loke isn't welcomed.

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