An Anglo-Saxon god corresponding to the Norse god Odin.
The chief deity; identified with the Norse Odin.
Origin of woden
Middle English from Old English Wōdenwet-1 in Indo-European roots
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Woden Sentence Examples
Robin Hood is Hod, the god of the wind, a form of Woden; Maid Marian is Morgen, the dawn-maiden; Friar Tuck is Toki, the spirit of frost and snow."
Of the latter the number has tended to diminish in the light of modern scholarship. The fashion during the 19th century set strongly in the other direction, and the " degraded gods " theory was applied not only to such conspicuous heroes as Siegfried, Dietrich and Beowulf, but to a host of minor characters, such as the good marquis Rudeger of the Nibelungenlied and our own Robin Hood (both identified with Woden Hruodperaht).
In connexion with this it is interesting to notice that the East Saxon dynasty claimed descent from Seaxneat, not Woden.
To the Anglo-Saxons he was known as Woden and to the Germans as Wodan (Wuotan), which are the regular forms of the same name in those languages.