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OD

Picture of OD from our Norse mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the full story here.

Norse Summer God

Also known as ODUR

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.

OD FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : OD
Location : Scandinavia
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Summer
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ODUR
Popularity index : 11707

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Article last updated on 07 May 2013 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "OD: God of Summer from Norse mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 07 May. 2013. Web. 22 July 2014.

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