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Real Name

All-Father, Woden, Wotan, Wulf the Wanderer, Orrin, Atum-Re, Infinity, Farma-god, Hanga-god, Hapta-god, Harbard, One-Eye, Sigtyr, Val-Father, Wad


Realm of Asgard

Place of Birth

First Appearance
Journey Into Mystery #85

Journey Into Mystery #87; Thor Annual #5, 11; Thor #294, 349

According to Norse myth and comic continuity, Odin is the son of Bor (father, one of the first Asgardians) and Bestla (mother, a frost giantess). Bor and Bestla also have two other sons, Vili and Ve. With the aid of his brothers, a young Odin battles and defeats the fire demon Surtur. Odin becomes ruler of Asgard, and eventually falls in love with Gaea, in time becoming the father of the Thunder God Thor. Odin is also the adoptive father of Loki, a child of Giant blood whose father Laufey is killed by Odin in battle. Despite Odin's best intentions, his sons become bitter enemies, with the feuding often requiring Odin's mediation.

Thor's fascination with Earth is also a constant annoyance for Odin, who as punishment has depowered his son on at least three occasions. Thor's noble intentions and bravery, however, always sway his father who summarily undoes the ruling.

As ruler and protector of the Asgardian people, Odin has been involved in a number of crises that have threatened Asgard and on occasion Earth. Notable examples included stopping Loki, the Storm Giant Skagg and Surtur (with the aid of Thor and Balder); defeating the Absorbing Man after he absorbs almost all of Asgard; banishing the monster Mangog; sacrificing his right eye to Mimir for the wisdom to stop Ragnarok (Twilight of the Gods); attempting to stop the Celestials in the armor of the Destroyer and preventing Surtur from lighting the Sword of Doom.

Odin has also died three times in defense of Asgard. On the first occasion, Odin is killed by Mangog, although is later revived by the goddess of Death Hela. On the second occasion, the Celestials shred the Destroyer, which at the time holds the life force of Odin and all Asgardians with the exception of Thor. Thor, however, collects a portion of godly energy from each pantheon and uses it to revive Odin, who in turn resurrects the Asgardians.

The final occasion involves a massive battle against arch-foe Surtur on Earth, with Odin apparently dying once and for all as the Odin Force - the source of Odin's power - migrates to his son, Thor. As Thor eventually destroys the Loom of Fates and stops Asgard from perpetuating Ragnarok - which ends the entire Norse pantheon and Asgard itself - Thor believes Odin may be dead permanently.

Years later, when Thor returns from hibernation in space, he begins to find the lost Asgardians, and although successfully restoring them all, does not attempt to find his father. During the Odinsleep, Thor has a vision in which he discovers that on a subconscious level he did not do so as he wished to be free of his father. Thor enters the Odinsleep and finds Odin in a sort of limbo between life and death, where every day he does battle with Surtur to prevent the demon from reentering the world. Odin declines Thor's offer of taking his place, and states that Thor must continue to lead the Asgardians, while Odin continues to exist in a state he describes as approximating the Asgardian equivalent of heaven.