Odin is one of the most complex and enigmatic characters in Norse mythology. He’s a relentless seeker after and giver of wisdom, but he has little regard for communal values such as justice, fairness, or respect for law and convention There is a wicked side to odin, which he can be erratic and abuse his power, such as causing war or starting war. His attitude is not far from Nietzsche’s dictum, “You say it is the good cause that hallows even war? I say unto you: it is the good war that hallows any cause.”[.Sadly this is a situation that has happened with many rules throughout history. If I were to compare Odin to a character from contemporary culture it would be a dictator that came to power with good intention only to start abusing it later on such as Hitler.
Thor is the son of Odin. As well as thunderstorms, Thor is associated with oak trees, and is said to protect mankind. It is less well-known that he was also a representative of healing and hallowing (sanctification). As well as his famous hammer, he possessed a magical belt and iron gloves, all with names of their own, named weapons being common fare for the Norse – something fans of JRR Tolkien will recognize, we can relate Thor to people in the contemporary word that strive to bring peace to countries that experience wars. If I was to compare Odin to a character from contemporary culture it would be peace maker like Kofi Annan a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations and conducted peaceful talks in Kenya in 2007/2008 after the post election violence.