Odins Island (Óðinsøy)

I was born and raised by the coast of Onsøy (Óðinsøy, as translated becomes Odins Island), which is a part of Fredrikstad (Norway). In the project “Odins Island” I share my monochrome landscapes and scenarios related to the beautiful nature, forests, the coastline and the sea as a major and important part of our everyday life

In the “Odins Island” project, I hope to convey the good life we live here as well as address some challenges by taking care of biodiversity and the cultural heritage into a new era. The photographs from the project will be available as limited edition prints and maybe as a photo book if there is any interest in my pictures.

In Norse mythology, Odin (Old Norse: Óðinn) is the king of the Æsir who rules over Asgard as king. The son of Borr and the giantess (jötunn) Bestla, Odin is the god of wisdom, poetry, war, death, divination, and magic

Known as the All-Father, Odin is often accompanied by the two ravens Huginn and Muninn, along with the wolves Geri and Freki, who would devour those who would present false information to or otherwise lie to Odin. Father of Thor and husband to Frigg, Odin rides into battle atop his trusted steed, the eight-legged Sleipnir, wielding the mighty spear Gungnir, which, fashioned by the dwarves known as the Sons of Ivaldi, is said to never miss its target. Odin resides in the palace of Valaskjálf, roofed with pure silver. Therein lies the great throne of Hliðskjálf, which, when seated upon, allows the All-Father to see all that which transpires throughout the Nine Realms. A defining trait of Odin is his being one-eyed, a result of him having sacrificed his right eye to drink from the Well of Urðr, which granted him an incomprehensible amount of knowledge of the universe. Odin himself often receives counsel from the severed head of the being Mímir, which recites secret knowledge to him. Half of the souls of those slain in battle will be guided by the Valkyries, battle maidens, to Valhalla, Odin’s enormous and majestic hall: the other half go to Fólkvangr, Freyja’s realm. Odin was known in Old English as Wōden, in Old Saxon as Wōdan, and in Old High German as Wuotan or Wōtan, all stemming from the reconstructed Proto-Germanic *wōđanaz. The modern English weekday name Wednesday bears the god’s name

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Lars Ulriksen


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