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Odin desired to achieve great knowledge. After traveling near and far and still having not achieved it, he realized he would need to drink the special water from Mimir's well.
I have walked every inch of this earth and still have not found what I am searching for. If only there was a way to find knowledge...
Supposedly the water from his well would provide knowledge of all things, which was considered sacred, and Odin was determined to have it.
It will be a dangerous journey to reach the water guarded by Mimir.
Odin knew that once he entered Mimir's land he would have to pay a large price to drink from the water. When Odin asked for a drink, Mimir demanded that he offer his eye as a payment. Odin then gouged out an eye and gave it to Mimir. Mimir then he dipped his horn into the well and offered the one-eyed god a drink that bestowed him great knowledge of the future.
At last, but I know I know true wisdom will not come easily.
The theme of Odin's Eye is, to achieve one's desires requires great sacrifice. Odin wanted to drink from the special well water, which would increase his wisdom, but in order to do so, he was required to sacrifice an eye. The eye is a common metaphor for perception and worldly understanding. Odin sacrificed an eye but gained a more sacred, divine leve of wisdom in return. Odin was wise about this because it let him see the future and save the Earth from what was destined to come.
I am willing to do whatever it takes just to drink from the water to gain true wisdom.
The deity Odin is sometimes known by the title of "Allfather." By drinking from the well he gained the ability to see the future which has both good and negative consequences. Myths surrounding Odin have to do with wisdom. So, the depiction of one-eyed Odin represents the sacrifice of the earthly in exchange for the divine.
Mimir, whose name means “the Rememberer,” guarded the well which had the power to show the future. He is a very wise being and counselor of the gods. He demands a strict price to pay to gain knowledge from his water.
Work's Cited Bauschatz, Paul C. "Why Odin is One-Eyed." Norse Mythology for Smart People. Daniel McCoy, n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2017. Muscato, Christopher. "Norse Mythology: Odin's One Eye, Thor's Hammer & The Story of Fenrir." Study.com. Study.com, n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2017. "Odin's Eye." Storynory. N.p., 10 Apr. 2012. Web. 04 Mar. 2017.
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