Happy Memorial Day
This Memorial Day I present to you Odin, King of the Norse Gods and Host of our fallen, valiant soldiers
It is he who sacrifices an eye at the well of Mimir to gain inner wisdom, and later hangs himself upon the World Tree Yggdrasil to gain the knowledge and power of the Runes. All of his actions are related to knowledge, wisdom, and the dissemination of ideas and concepts to help Mankind.
When the Romans arrived in Germanic territory, they assumed that Odin was like their messenger god, Mercury. How they get a daddy god like Odin mix up with a hunky god Mercury? That what I want to know.
The Vikings admired Odin's love for the battle, as he was known as the "father of the slain". Odin's prominence demonstrates the importance of warfare to Germanic traditions. Odin loved to cause conflicts and shifts of power. He once aided Harald, a Danish King, instructing him in tactics and granting him victories for years. In the king's final battle, however, Odin took the place of Harald's charioteer and drove the king to his demise.
Happy Memorial Day and Honor our fallen soldiers today