In Germanic mythology, Odin is a widely revered god. In Norse mythology, from which stems .. While the name of the tree is not provided in the poem and other trees exist in Norse mythology, the tree is near universally accepted as the cosmic. The Norse god Odin is a relentless seeker after knowledge and wisdom, and is willing to At the center of the Norse cosmos stands the great tree Yggdrasil. Odin's Rune Song, dated between the s and s, tells of how Odin hung himself on the great World Tree, Yggdrasil (“ Odin's Horse”), as a sacrifice to. Local legend dictates that after it was opened, "there burst forth a wondrous fire, like a flash of lightning", and that a coffin full of flint and a lamp were excavated. Writing in the mid-7th century, Jonas of Bobbio wrote that earlier that century the Irish missionary Columbanus disrupted an offering of beer to Odin vodano " whom others called Mercury " in Swabia. The Vikings had a very bizarre tradition that might be totally unique: Davidson adds, on the other hand, that it is attested that the Germanic peoples worshiped their deities in open forest clearings and that a sky god was particularly connected with the oak galaga automat, and therefore "a central tree was a natural symbol for them also". Moser, the painting The Road to Walhall by S. The god Odin has been a source of inspiration for a variety of modern artists working in fine art, literature, and music.