Zeus And Odin

Zeus and Odin Zeus is the ruler of the Greek gods. He is the son of Cronos
and Rhea, in fact the only son of these two to survive to adulthood. Zeus had
been hidden by Rhea so that Cronos would not swallow him like he had all of
his other offspring; he had been warned that one of his children would
eventually overthrow him. Rhea sent Zeus to the island of Crete where he was
raised. Zeus eventually killed his father. After he killed Cronos, he restored life
to his brothers and sisters. He then drew lots with his brothers Poseidon and
Hades to see who would become ruler of the various parts of the universe.
Zeus won the draw and became the supreme ruler of the gods. He is lord of
the sky, the rain god. His weapon is a thunderbolt, made for him by the
Cyclopes under the direction of Hephaestus, which he hurls at those who
displease him. He married a succession of spouses with whom he had many
children including: Athena, The Fates, Ares, Apollo, Artemis, and Hermes.
His last, and most well-known wife is Hera but he is famous for his many
affairs. Odin is the leader of the Norse gods and has a myriad of names
including Allfather, Ygg, Bolverk (evil doer), and Grimnir. He also has many
functions within the myths including being a god of war, poetry, wisdom, and
death. However, he is not considered the "main" god of each of these
functions. Odin\'s symbol is his magical spear named Grungir which never
misses its mark. He also owns a magic ring called Draupnir which can create
nine of itself every night. It was this ring that Odin laid on his son Balder\'s
funeral pyre and which Balder returned to Odin from the underworld. Odin
also has two wolves, Geri and Freki, and two ravens, Hugin (thought) and
Munin (memory). He sends his ravens out every day to gather knowledge for
him. Odin was destined to die at Ragnarok; Fenris-Wolf swallowed him.
Knowing his fate, he still chose to embrace it and do battle, showing the true
warrior ethic. He is the god of warriors and kings, not the common man.
Among his children are:Thor, Hermod, and Balder. He is married to Frigg, the
goddess of marriage. The first obvious similarity between Zeus and Odin is in
their appearance. Both are very large men, but they are not depicted as fat
men. Both look very powerful and foreboding. They also are both shown as
having beards. A beard represents manliness, in a very basic way as facial hair
is something that every man can have. In this sense the beard as a signature
feature of these gods brings in a sense of attachment to the people within the
societies that worshipped them. If they had a different signature feature, for
example wings, this would remove the gods from the common man. The
beard is something ordinary people can relate to. It may also be of note that
the stereotypical view of Vikings and Norsemen almost always includes
beards on the men. Maybe they were trying to emulate their head god or
maybe the god was "created" in the image of the ordinary man. Here is the
direct comparison. Zeus and Odin were respective rulers over the gods in
their mythologies. Zeus was known for upholding the law and social order. In
fact, one of his titles was Zeus Horkios which literally means "the Guarantor of
Oaths." This is quite similar ot Odin\'s recording of all the laws, contracts and
agreements onto his spear which he was bound to uphold. They both had their
palaces in the sky to some extent. Mt. Olympus was very high (in the
mythologies; the real Mt. Olympus is a mountain, but not very high.) It is also
important to note that when the three brothers (Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades)
were deciding which part of the world each would get, Zeus chose the sky.
There are many stories of Zeus looking down from Mt. Olympus into the lives
of other men. This is also the case with Odin. He could watch other people,
gods and mortals alike, from his throne Hlidskialf in Asgard, Asgard being the
palace in the sky where the gods met. So there are distinct similarities
between Asgard and Mt. Olympus: both were in the sky, both allowed for the
observation of the rest of the world, both were the meeting place for the gods
in their respective mythologies. The actions of the two gods are very important
to look at