• Part of
    Ubiquity Network logo
    Join Mailing List Submit a book proposal

    Read Chapter
  • No readable formats available
  • Mercury – Wotan – Óðinn: One or Many?

    Jens Peter Schjødt

    Chapter from the book: Wikström af Edholm, K et al. 2019. Myth, Materiality and Lived Religion: In Merovingian and Viking Scandinavia.


    The article is about the historical development of the god Óðinn, addressing such questions as continuity and breaks in relation to other deities with other names. The basic idea is that a god is never a stable entity but will change from time to time and from one area to the next. On the other hand nothing comes from nothing, so that we should accept that the Óðinn of Scandinavia in the Viking Age clearly has roots going far back to a Germanic and even an Indo-European past.

    A response to the chapter has been submitted by Peter Jackson Rova.

    How to cite this chapter
    Schjødt, J. 2019. Mercury – Wotan – Óðinn: One or Many?. In: Wikström af Edholm, K et al (eds.), Myth, Materiality and Lived Religion. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/bay.d

    This is an Open Access chapter distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (unless stated otherwise), which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Copyright is retained by the author(s).

    Peer Review Information

    This book has been peer reviewed. See our Peer Review Policies for more information.

    Additional Information

    Published on June 3, 2019


    comments powered by Disqus