Legendary Journeys
Legendary Journeys

Odin king of the Nordic gods, ruler of Asgard and lord of Valhalla. He is the Asgardian equivalent of Zeus. Odin divides his time between Valhalla, home of his Valkyrie, and Asgard, home of the rest of the Nordic Pantheon. Odin met Xena for the first time after she had returned from in and was traveling through the Norseland she rescued him from eternal torture and, in return, he made her one of his favorite Valkyries. They taught him the ancient Runes and tried to harness the great power they had. She was banished from the Valkyrie for abusing her position and forging the Ring, which turned her companion Valkyrie Grinhilda into a vile monster. A years later, Odin received Hercules when the hero came to call after a vision of Balder's death. Like Baldur, Odin quickly became fond of Hercules and accepted him in his confidence, largely to the consternation of his other children, Thor and Loki. When Frigga worried about Baldur's fate, Odin offered to extract a promise from all known materials and in Midgar that they would never harm Baldur. When Baldur ended up being killed anyway, Odin felt dejected, resigned not only to the death of his son but to the arrival of Ragnarok.

Losing his powers, Odin asked Hercules to take him to Frigga, who had already been frozen like the ice that surrounded Asgard. Beside him, Odin succumbed to death. These events were reversed when Hercules realized that Loki was behind the Ragnarok and the hero repainted the Book of Fate

About 25 years later, when Grindl found a way out of his prison and began massacring the villagers, Xena worked with Beowulf and his team to fix things. Odin descended from Valhalla in the hope of obtaining The Ring for himself, stating that he had abandoned love after his experience with Xena years before. Odin was finally frustrated, Grinhilda was released and the ring returned to the Rheinmaidens. A few months later, Odin was besieged by Xena, who, despite having lost his ability to kill gods, could subdue him. Technically, Odin was incidental to Xena's true goal: he needed the Golden Apples to restore the divinity of Ares and Aphrodite and, therefore, humanity's ability to love. Odin, however, like most viewers, assumed that Xena wanted divinity for herself and therefore opposed her.

Powers and Abilities[]

Odin has Powers and Abilities like other gods. His powers more specials but not limited are.

Runic Magic: Odin using runes is capable of doing magic, such as making himself invisible. 

Granting Power: To protect Balder, Odin gave him special protection by increasing Balder's immunity to weapons of mortal and divine origin.


Odin's character is very different in his appearances on HTLJ and XWP. In Hercules, Odin is a worthy character who is the wise and respected elder patriarch of a volatile family. He is deeply in love with his wife Frigga and worries about what happens to mortals who worship him and his divine family. Odin here is intended as a foil for the filandering and indifferent perception of Zeus with which Hercules is familiar.

In XWP, Odin seems much younger, much more temperamental and has a habit of sleeping with his Valkyries. This is true for the character both in flashback and in the present (it occurs before and after his most worthy appearance of HTLJ).

No explanation was offered for the change in what is presumably the same character. However, there are myths for both interpretations of Odin's character.



Hércules: The Legendary Journey[]

  1. "Norse by Norsevest"
  2. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge"

Xena: The Warrior Princess[]

  1. "The Rheingold"
  2. "The Ring"
  3. "Return of the Valkyrie"
  4. "You Are There"