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Wodan Head. The Eye of God.

Wodan Head. The Eye of God.

Odin’s one eye. The eye of God.

“I know that I hung on a wind-rocked tree,
nine whole nights,
with a spear wounded, and to Odin offered,
myself to myself;
on that tree, of which no one knows
from what root it springs.
Bread no one gave me, nor a horn of drink,
downward I peered,
to runes applied myself, wailing learnt them,
then fell down thence


Anglo-Saxon Sceatta, Series H, Type 49 Wodan Head

Anglo-Saxon Sceatta, Series H, Type 49Obv. Wodan Head, surrounded by seven bosses.Rev. Pecking bird right, two bosses in field 13mm/0.85gS.801A, (1)

(1) Thank you Hansons Historica for the image and auction text

Thank you Chris Rudd – The Eye of God article for inspiration

(2) Hávamál (Old Norse ‘Sayings of the High One’) consists entirely of wisdom verse attributed to Odin , translated by Anglo-Saxon scholar Benjamin Thorpe (1907:44-45)