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How Odin Lost His Eye

Because knowledge comes at a cost.

Marvel Studios

Whereas so many comic book characters were created completely from the minds of a Stan Lee, a Jack Kirby, a Chris Claremont, a Frank Miller, or a Neil Gaiman, certain heroes and villains have their origins very much rooted in established lore.

Whether that lore is real life or fiction, many a character has pulled inspiration from elsewhere. And in the realms of comic books, few characters have been as influenced by existing material as Thor and his supporting players. The Thunder God is a famed figure of Norse mythology, and so too are a large portion of the people who help make up his world of Asgard and beyond.

One prime example of a character laced in Norse tradition is that of Thor's father, Odin.

Odin is a legendary warrior king who has played a pivotal part in the history of Thor across a variety of mediums, and one of the key traits of Odin is the unmissable fact that this ruler has only one eye. Just how he lost his right eye, that's a question to which the answer has certain caveats to it.

With that in mind, here is the real story behind Odin and his missing eye...

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