Havi, the father deity in Norse mythology (2023)

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Havi, also known as Odin, is the supreme deity of Norse mythology. He is part of the Asen pantheon. This pantheon consists of Norse deities who live in it.Asgard. Havi governs death and war, but is also related to wisdom and witchcraft. In folk legends he is portrayed as an old man with an eye patch and plain clothes. However, it can take many forms. You could describe Havi as an explorer, he likes to travel and solve mysteries. Some people would call him the main deity of Norse culture. He is very humble and curious.

death domain

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In Valhalla, when people die, he takes away those who have practiced Norse witchcraft. However, he shares this domain with Freyja. Havi recognized Freyja's work and decided to share the fallen. He would take those who died fighting in the name of the Aesir. On the other hand, Freyja brings those who fight for Vaenir and lovers to Folkvangr. Either way, both armies would fight together.Ragnarokin due time. According to Anglo-Saxon belief, Havi would die fighting Fenrir during Ragnarok. Freyja is the one who would survive.

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Deities related to Havi

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One of his many other names is Odin, which means something like "the angry one" or "ecstasy". Vikings experienced the energies contained in his name as a will to live. This familiarity that the Vikings felt is why they also called him the Allfather. And it's true, he also has a brotherly way of dealing with those he works with.


As mentioned earlier, Freyja shares the Domain of Death with Havi. It's not the only similarity, however. Freyja is a Volva. A Völva is someone who practices the art of Seidr. Seidr is the practice of discerning the course of fate and weaving changes into it. In fact, she was the one who taught him about magic and Seidr. These two became close enough to consider themselves equals.


Freyr, god of health, wealth, fertility and peace, is Freyja's brother and they complement each other (as siblings often do). People love siblings as a couple. Freyr is described in Lokasenna (an Old Norse poem, part of the Poetic Edda) as 'hated by none'. The relationship between Freyr and Odin is not very detailed. However, Freyr, even as a Vanir deity, once had a chance to sit on Odin's throne in Asgard.

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Frigg is the goddess married to Havi. She is also a Völva, and some historians believe that she is a counterpart to Freyja. She governs marriage, fertility and divination. As a god of wisdom, Havi is known to value Frigg's advice and admire her intelligence. She even cheated on her husband many times.


Thor is the eldest son of Havi and the most prominent deity in the Norse pantheon. He is the god of thunder, war and fertility. Thor ruled law and order due to Thor's predictable and reliable behavior. His personality contrasts with Odin's enigmatic and uncertain behavior. Their relationship is troubled, as Thor is more earthly and Odin tends to operate in the shadows. However, their bond has a strong sense of brotherhood and functions like an archetypal father-son relationship.

Baldr e Hodr

Baldr and Hodr are the sons of Havi and Frigg. Baldr is known for his beauty and joy. Among some interpretations of his names are fat, fire and lord. Meanwhile, Hodr is the blind god of darkness. Both are dead for different reasons. Baldr remains in the Domain of Helas (Death Domain) as a result of Loki's malicious actions. Hodr was killed by Váli, his half-brother. Aside from being Havi's children, they don't play any significant role in Havi's life. Still, both are important in Norse mythology, as they will help create the new world after Ragnarok.


Loki, the deity who runs the tricks, is not really Havi's son. Loki isn't exactly a deity, in fact, they are the children of Farbauti, a giant, and Laufei, who could be considered a deity (or something else). In some legends, Havi and Loki are blood brothers, but some people say that the All-Father adopted them when they were children. Even assuming Loki causes a lot of trouble, Havi appreciates them.

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It is interesting to note that in Nordic cultures, deities are considered neither good nor evil. They govern a variety of aspects of life, regardless of how people might interpret those events.

Symbols related to Havi

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The most common symbol related to it is Valknut (the Valkyrie Knot). The Valknut consists of three interlocking triangles, sometimes surrounded by a rune wheel. This triad shows death, destiny and providence, as well as the divine power of binding and loosing. Vikings believed that whoever wore the Valknut would become a follower of Odin. However, the price is that her life would be his and he could claim her whenever Havi needed her.

Animals representing Odin

In many of Havi's paintings we can see some animals that were important to the Nordic people. Sleipnir, who happens to be Loki's son, is an eight-legged horse that Havi often rides. Sleipnir had the power to travel between the Nine Worlds held within Yggdrasil. Many cultures associate horses with high status. Denotes Havi's position among Norse deities. It also represents travel and adventure. Then we have the wolves Geri and Freki who are Havi's companions. Once again, wolves are portrayed as an ambiguous sign in Norse mythology. Fenrir, another wolf, is related to the start of Ragnarok and would cause Havi's death. Despite this, they are also portrayed as great hunting companions. Finally we have Huginn and Muninn, the well-known crows. They travel across the Nine Realms to gather information from Havi. Huginn means "thought", while Muninn's name translates as "memory".

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Each creature represents an important part of Havi's life. Be it your curious mind, your thirst for adventure or even your own death. The Norse celebrated death as part of life. Havi's life is understood as a sacrifice for a new life to emerge from a new divine order after Ragnarok.

norse runes

Havi is who we have to thank for giving us access to the runes. His desire for knowledge led him to self-sacrifice. He was in pain for nine days and nine nights. In return, he received the runes, which are archetypes mainly used in divination rituals. However, they have many uses. You can find out about itAlgiz, one of the most common runes in our previous article. Havi's bond with runes is so strong that some modern dispositions have a rune to honor him. As runes arise from pain and sacrifice, they must be treated with respect.

In my experience, Havi isn't the one asking for answers, he's the one you want to bring closer to the unknown. He always pushed you even harder so you could discover something you didn't even know you wanted. However, Havi is strict and if he avoids giving you an answer, you better stop demanding. You should gratefully accept any information he offers you.

Havi's reputation is never subtle. You might get some leads if he's interested in working with you. However, once you bond with it, there are no more trivial signs. Havi is usually attracted to an inquisitive mind and people interested in knowledge. It's not going to be like working with some other deity that gives you all different answers. It is very likely that you will not receive any. He would guide you to get what you need, not tell you what you want to hear.

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