Today White class heard the myth of Odin’s eye, or should that be how he lost his eye? They are going to retell the story for you now, get comfortable and read along.

Odin and his Eye

To begin with, Odin was the most powerful Norse god but he wanted to find True Wisdom. So he set off on a journey from Asgard to Midgard, where the humans lived, to find what he sought.

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As his quest continued, he came across a giant who said he would help Odin on the condition that he answered three riddles. If he failed to answer correctly, the giant would chop off Odin’s head and eat it for his dinner, however if he answered correctly, the giant would answer any questions Odin had. Despite knowing the risks, Odin decided to take up the challenge and asked for the three riddles. Through the nerves, Odin listened carefully to the giant’s riddles, luckily he knew the answers to all three! As promised, the giant then offered to answer any questions Odin needed the answer to. All Odin wanted to know, was how to find True Wisdom. The giant knew the answer and cautiously warned Odin that he would find True Wisdom in the well guarded by Mimir, but he would be able to gain it if he was willing to pay the price of his right eye. In spite of the risks, Odin decided to continue his quest.

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Eventually Odin came across Mimir, guarding his well just as the giant had said he would be, so Odin approached him. As Mimir had drank from the well of True Widsom, he knew that Odin also wanted True Wisdom, even before he asked for it. Immediately Mimir asked for his payment of a right eye. Odin thought very carefully about this request, he loved his pale blue eyes that shone like the winter’s sky and could see for miles and miles.

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After deliberating for a while about losing an eye, Odin realised that he had two eyes so could surely give up one to Mimir. He ripped his right eye from his face fearlessly, but screamed in agony as he did so. Odin passed his eye to Mimir who kept up his promise and gave Odin a drink from the well of True Wisdom.

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After drinking from the well, the Wisdom took over Odin and he could suddenly see the future for the gods, giants and humans. He laughed heartily when he saw the love and happiness that filled the worlds, however when he saw the suffering that humans would face, he decided to save the world from any harm that may come from the gods or giants.

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White class first told the myth of Odin and his eye through role play and freeze frames and were then able to retell the story in lots of detail later in the day, and that retelling is what you have just read!

The children of White class hope you enjoyed their retelling and they thank you for reading!

 

 

 

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