God of gods. As god of war, Odin ruled in Valhalla, where all brave Viking warriors went after death in battle. Odin was the god of poetry, wisdom and magic, and he sacrificed an eye just for the privilege of drinking from Mimir, also known as the fountain of wisdom. The Germans called him Wotan, and the English Woden. His two black ravens, Huginn and Muninn, flew forth daily to gather tidings of events all over the world. He was often portrayed as an old man with only one eye, but regardless he was the most powerful of gods and every Viking feared and worshipped him. Even after Christianity, many succumbed to his wrath.