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Also known as ODUR

A picture showing the legend of OD taken from our Norse mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Norse Gods, Norse Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Summer Sun God, and a little odd

He loved his promiscuous missus FREYA, but he was a bit of a flirt himself. Being tempted away by warmer climes, he headed south and left her out in the cold.

FREYA was terribly upset and searched high and low for her missing husband, weeping golden tears as she went. When her teardrops hit the ground they hardened into golden nuggets — and that's where the world's gold comes from. Not to mention amber.

After many months she eventually found him in a distant land sunbathing under a tree. As soon as he saw her, OD's heart softened. He tore up the divorce papers and they were reconciled.

This might all sound like a half-hearted attempt to explain the origin of winter. But the story of OD is odd. It all comes down to the fact that may not even exist. Ancient sources give a very garbled account of him, and he is constantly mistaken for ODIN. Which is all the more confusing as he may actually be ODIN.

We at Godchecker are always knocking at the door of truth. One day we hope someone will answer. Till then, our entry on FREYA seems to be reasonably accurate.

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Article last updated on 07 May 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Name : OD
Location : Scandinavia
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ODUR
Popularity index : 1401

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