Woden: An Informal Study

Lays of Mad Sigrún

A picture of Gandalf smoking beats another use of the same damn Odin portrait everyone else uses.

So, it’s not exactly a secret that the top deity of my personal praxis is Woden; being a witch, a poet, and a horrible gremlin of a scholar, it’s probably the most natural pairing since salt and the sea. Many an offering I’ve made to him, poetry I’ve dedicated, and though I don’t personally put him at the very top of the pecking order in my own somewhat eclectic reconstruction of cosmology, his centrality is still key.

Now, there have been times where I’ve seen Woden discussed, largely in the context of the more well-known Odin, and I’ve noticed people acting confused when I, or anyone else, bring up that the two are actually somewhat distinct. And honestly, I don’t blame anyone; a lot of deities map very well between Germanic cultures (Thunor…

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