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Odin is a Child of Oberon.

Bear Odin

Odin in his polar bear form.

History

At some time in the past, Odin lost his right eye. The eye was transformed on Avalon into the artifact known as the Eye of Odin. In 995, the Children of Oberon were banished from their homeland, to live among mortals for 1001 years. Oberon searched for his lost Eye, hoping to regain that which he'd lost.

Eventually, he had his chance. In the year 1996, the Avalon travelers came to Norway. There, Odin met them, and offered them a heavy coat, so that Elisa Maza, otherwise unprotected from the elements, would not freeze to death. In exchange, he wanted the Eye of Odin that he knew Goliath held. The gargoyle leader was tempted to agree, as he was concerned for the detective, but Elisa convinced him to refuse. He asked if something else could be traded, but Odin, angered, left.

The gargoyles managed to get Elisa to a father and son, Erik and Gunther Sturluson, who took her in and gave her shelter. Meanwhile, the others remained outdoors. There, Odin attacked them, this time in the form of a one-eyed polar bear. He almost managed to steal the Eye, but Goliath defeated him.

Odin's patience had run out. Riding his horse, Sleipnir, he crashed into the Sturlusons' home and kidnapped Elisa. Holding her hostage, he confronted the gargoyles, demanding they give him the Eye. Revealing himself as who he was, he also noted that his two previous attempts were barter and fair combat, and he felt he had tried reasonable approaches before resorting to that action. Goliath, wanting to save Elisa but daunted by confronting Odin himself, donned the Eye, transforming himself into a giant gargoyle warrior. Now it was Odin's turn to be surprised, and he rode off at high speed into the sky, hoping to escape- however, the newly-empowered Goliath caught up with ease, and rescued Elisa. Enraged, Odin rode away, swearing he would be back.

While Odin gathered his strength, Goliath, corrupted by the Eye, used its power to create storms that he blamed on the Norse god. This was a ruse to move the other Avalon travelers and their new human friends into a cave, where they could, in his estimation, be protected best.

After sealing them within the cave, Goliath challenged Odin to battle. The storm god accepted, but soon learned that the gargoyle could use the Eye to absorb his powers. He soon found himself near death, but managed to extend his energies to free the other travelers, who showed Goliath what he had become. Disgusted with himself, Goliath tore off the Eye of Odin, which its original owner promptly reclaimed. Odin remained behind to apologize for his actions, and Goliath did the same. Then, he rode on Sleipnir onto a rainbow, into the sky.

Odin was present at the Gathering a short time later, and found himself battling an irate Banshee after he commented that she was high-strung. Oberon halted the battle, and punished the Banshee before freeing them both.


Characteristics

Odin usually looks like an old white-bearded man, sometimes dressed in a black hooded robe studded with starry glints, sometimes in a "fantasy Viking" outfit of furs, armor, and horned helmet. However, he can take on the form of a polar bear at will, as well. While he was missing his eye, every form that he took on, whether human-like or bear, had only one eye to mark this. The exchange of Odin's eye for wisdom created a mystic restriction, preventing any form Odin took from having a right eye.

Odin can control the weather, usually in such a way as to produce snowstorms, no doubt thanks to his being a "god of the north." He is also a death-god, like Anubis. He often rides his horse Sleipnir, when interacting with mortals.

Powers and Abilities

Odin has shown various powers on the show:

  • Shape-shifting (Odin prefers the form of a polar bear)
  • Lightning throwing
  • Summoning snow storms
  • Causing earthquakes
  • Creating shields of ice

Trivia

  • Odin is one of several characters played by a Star Trek cast member. In this case W. Morgan Sheppard, who portrayed several characters over the years.

Appearances


Season 1 Season 2 Season 3

  1. Awakening
  2. Awakening, Part Two
  3. Awakening, Part Three
  4. Awakening, Part Four
  5. Awakening, Part Five
  6. The Thrill of the Hunt
  7. Temptation
  8. Deadly Force
  9. Enter MacBeth
10. The Edge
11. Long Way to Morning
12. Her Brother's Keeper
13. Reawakening

  1. Leader of the Pack
  2. Metamorphosis
  3. Legion
  4. A Lighthouse in the Sea of Time
  5. The Mirror
  6. The Silver Falcon
  7. Eye of the Beholder
  8. Vows
  9. City of Stone, Part One
10. City of Stone, Part Two
11. City of Stone, Part Three
12. City of Stone, Part Four
13. High Noon

14. Outfoxed
15. The Price
16. Revelations
17. Double Jeopardy
18. Upgrade
19. Protection
20. The Cage
21. Avalon, Part One
22. Avalon, Part Two
23. Avalon, Part Three
24. Shadows of the Past
25. Heritage
26. Monsters

27. Golem
28. Sanctuary
29. M.I.A.
30. Grief
31. Kingdom
32. The Hound of Ulster
33. Walkabout
34. Mark of the Panther
35. Pendragon
36. Eye of the Storm
37. The New Olympians
38. The Green
39. Sentinel

40. Bushido
41. Cloud Fathers
42. Ill Met By Moonlight
43. Future Tense
44. The Gathering, Part One
45. The Gathering, Part Two
46. Vendettas
47. Turf
48. The Reckoning
49. Possession
50. Hunter's Moon, Part One
51. Hunter's Moon, Part Two
52. Hunter's Moon, Part Three

  1. The Journey
  2. Ransom
  3. Runaways
  4. Broadway Goes Hollywood
  5. A Bronx Tail
  6. The Dying Of The Light
  7. And Justice For All
  8. Genesis Undone
  9. Generations
10. ...For It May Come True
11. To Serve Mankind
12. Seeing Isn't Believing
13. Angels In The Night

SLG comic books

Gargoyles #1. Clan Building Chapter One: Nightwatch
Gargoyles #2. Clan Building Chapter Two: The Journey
Gargoyles #3. Clan Building Chapter Three: Invitation Only
Gargoyles #4. Clan Building Chapter Four: Masque
Gargoyles #5. Clan Building Chapter Five: Bash
Gargoyles #6. Clan Building Chapter Six: Reunion
Gargoyles #7. Clan Building Chapter Seven: The Rock
Gargoyles #8. Clan Building Chapter Eight: Rock & Roll
Gargoyles #9. Clan Building Chapter Nine: Rock of Ages
Gargoyles #10. Clan Building Chapter Ten: The Gate
Gargoyles #11. Clan Building Chapter Eleven: Tyrants
Gargoyles #12. Clan Building Chapter Twelve: Phoenix

Bad Guys #1. Strangers
Bad Guys #2. The Lost
Bad Guys #3. Estranged
Bad Guys #4. Louse
Bad Guys #5. Strangled
Bad Guys #6. Losers

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