In Norse mythology, Odin was the king of the Æsir. He is a god of war and death, as well as a sky god and the god of wisdom and poetry. Along with being a god, he is the All-Father of all the Nordic Gods. He is also heavily associated with magic.
"From the moment Odin saw Loki, he saw an instrument to end a war. From the moment Loki saw Odin, he saw someone he could love. Loki wanted Odin's approval so much he changed his form to look like an Asgardian. Even as a newborn.
Germanic mythology gave great valor to the writing, which was runic. This knowledge was acquired with suffering. Odin, Father of the gods, suffered nine days of fasting and pain to reach this knowledge.