Part 1 of a lecture about Odin. Erik Schjeide, PhD, produced this video as a segment of a larger series about Old Norse Mythology. Referring to Old Norse literature and Viking Age art, Dr. Schjeide presents texts and images to help inform audiences about historic sources that have helped shape contemporary views about the gods and goddesses of Old Norse myth.
In part 1, Dr. Schjeide quotes Snorri and the Poetic Edda concerning Odin's role in creating the universe and humans, his search for knowledge and his shamanistic abilities. He recites a segment of the poem Hávamál called Rúnatal concerning Odin's acquisition of the runes.