Óðr is generally translated as something along the lines of “divine inspiration” or “inspired mental activity.” [1]

I have always been fond of a good quote. In my school years, I had plenty of quotes from Nietzsche, and even a Buddhist proverb on my folder, even though I was never a Buddhist. Wise advice is wise, regardless of the source, and I hope that some enlightening quotes will be an inspiration for others also, whether perhaps just to get through a tough day, or to go on and create a masterpiece, in whatever field you might be in, albeit farming, painting, music, or pouring someone the perfect ale! Take pride in what you do, for our deeds travel farther than we might realize sometimes.


“You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough.” William Blake


“…If you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Friedrich Nietzsche


“A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.” Ezra Pound


“Like a beast in a field

He knows his fate is sealed
He runs with the wolf” Ronnie James Dio (Ronald James Padavona)


“All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream.” Edgar Allan Poe


“Bind us all together
Ablaze with Hope and Free.
No storm or heavy weather
Will rock the boat you’ll see.
The time has come to close your eyes
And still the wind and rain.
For the one who will be King
Is the watcher in the Ring.
It is You.” Bruce Dickinson (the great Iron Maiden)


“I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments.” Jim Morrison



[1] Polomé, Edgar C. 1972. “Germanic and the Other Indo-European Languages.” In Toward a Grammar of Proto-Germanic. Ed. Franz van Coetsam and Herbert Kufner. p. 59.  (found on http://norse-mythology.org/odr-concept/ a great website for some information on many things Norse Germanic. Also a very kind and helpful owner running the website, Daniel McCoy).