Odr: Who Won the Heart of Freya and Mysteriously Disappeared
Od the Husband and Freya the Wife
In Norse mythology, Odr was the husband of the goddess Freya. In the Nine Worlds, Freya was among the most beautiful goddesses that any creatures in the cosmos desired her. Many proposed to Freya and many even played some tricks threatening to destroy Norse Pantheon only to win Freya as their bride. But no one could ever win the heart of Freya until Odr the most mysterious man.
“Odr” means “inspiration” and “Divine Madness”. In Poetic Edda, Odr appeared once when the Edda mentioned “Odr’s girl” as Freya. In Prose Edda, someone known as “High” retold that Freya and a man named Odr produced a daughter together. Her name was Hnoss.
In Norse mythology, Freya was among the most important and powerful figures. She was the goddess of war - the only one who could share the fallen warriors with Odin the Allfather. Half went to Folkvangr Field of Freya and the rest to Valhalla of Odin
However, one day, Odr decided to leave Freya. The one who stayed forever bore a greater pain than the one who left. Freya was left heartbroken when Odr mysteriously disappeared.
But the goddess of war, Freya quickly embraced herself and embarked on a journey to find her husband back. Every night she cried for her husband. Her eyes were red and the tears from her eyes became the most precious stones that the dwarves craved for.
But even if Freya travelled the Nine Worlds, she couldn’t find her husband, Odr who had abandoned her forever.
Theories about Freya, Frigg, Odin, and Odr remain a mystery for anyone who is interested in Norse Mythology. Many claim that Freya and Frigg were identical and Odin and Odr were similar figures. In Norse myth, Odin and Frigg were husband and wife. But no one can ever give a satisfying answer unfortunately.