EYE of ODIN
Real Name: None, but it called itself "Eye"
Identity/Class: Disembodied extradimensional (Asgard) magical god orb
Occupation: Unrevealed; it seemed to live to torment the Dwarflings
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Unidentified tentacled creature;
formerly Odin Borson;
as Odin's eye, it would have some connection to all of Odin's allies, but it's such a weak link that I'll refer you to profiles on Odin for those;
on some level, it was Thor Odinson's ally, as it provided him with useful information;
it gained its sentience and power after initially passing through Mimir's well of wisdom
Enemies: Unidentified dwarflings in its unidentified extradimensional realm;
as Odin's eye, it may have some enmity to all of Odin's enemies, but it's such a weak link that I'll refer you to profiles on Odin for those;
it was apparently destroyed by Mimir;
it only helped Thor under duress, fought him otherwise, and lost its power, sentience, and existence because of him
Known Relatives: While it was derived from
Odin, it was not Odin, and so it is not a true relative of Odin's
relatives. For more information on Odin's relatives, see Odin's profile
in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z#8 (2009)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
last seen consumed by Mimir;
formerly an unidentified realm
formerly the orbit of Odin
First Appearance: Thor I#292 (February, 1980)
Powers/Abilities: Otherwise, an inert, disembodied eye, the Eye of Odin gained intelligence and power within an unidentified alien world/dimension; departing that realm, it reverted to its original size and a lifeless state.
The Eye was in the form of an
immense eye, including a length of optic nerve hanging from its optic
disc and serving to some degree as a tail
The Eye possessed memories of
everything Odin had done while possessing it. It also had knowledge of
previous Odin incarnations, or could access hidden memories buried
The Eye could project fiery blasts from its pupil sufficient to shatter ground and masonry or to pain the highly durable Asgardian god Thor.
The Eye could project blinding light as well as projecting convincing three-dimensional illusions.
The Eye had some association with
an unidentified green, tentacled monster, and it at least once placed
this creature alongside a number of illusory creatures, with the
creature attacking a foe once it had learned the others were only
illusions; the creature would thusly catch a foe off-guard.
When it spoke, it consistently said "Eye" in place of the first person "I."
Height: Roughly 6' in diameter
Weight: Unrevealed; at that size, a human eye would weigh like 5600 lbs. (2.8 tons); if Asgardian flesh is three-times human density as some sources indicate, it would be 16,800 lbs. (8.4 tons)
Eyes: None, but it is an eye, and its iris is blue
History: See comments.
(Thor I#297 (fb)) <Approximately 1000 years ago> - While still part of Odin, the eye that he would later sacrifice was the one from which tears most freely flowed after he had been forced to slay Siegmund.
(Thor I#274 (fb)) - Receiving word from his ravens Hugin
(thought) and Munin (memory) of events which might foretell the coming of
Ragnarok, Odin sought the advice of Mimir, asking what he could do to prevent
the gods' doom. Mimir agreed to share his knowledge, but only for a price, the
sacrifice of one of Odin's eyes. Odin thus tore out his own right eye and cast
it into Mimir's fires.
Pleased to have gained revenge on Odin for his treatment with the Vanir, and doubly pleased because the knowledge he had to share was so limited, Mimir told Odin he must go to Hel to consult with the prophetess/goddess Volla's spirit. Odin was angered at the deceit, but as Mimir was beyond his power to harm, Odin departed for Hel.
(Thor I#292 (fb) - BTS / Thor I#300 (fb)) - Passing through the fiery well of
wisdom into an unidentified realm, the Eye of Odin grew to monstrous proportions and took on a life of its
(Thor I#292 (fb) - BTS) - The Eye began plaguing a village of dwarflings, projecting fiery blasts at them and making their lives a living torture.
I#292 - BTS) - Having defeated Thor after a battle involving the
Asgardians and Olympians united against the Eternals (with whom Thor
had sided), Odin considered slaying Thor with his three-pointed spear,
Gungnir; regaining his senses, Odin hurled away Gungnir, vowing not to
slay his own bloodson again.
When Thor questioned what Odin meant, Odin
refused to tell, but instead gave Thor the following riddle, "If an eye
offend thee, pluck it out! It shall ne'ermore be part of thee -- yet it
shall e'er be a part of thee! For it hath known what thou knowest --
seen what thou hast turned to see!" (see comments)
Odin subsequently departed without yielding any further information.
(Thor I#292 - BTS) - Thor
figured out that Odin was referring to his own eye that he had
previously torn out to give to Mimir in exchange for knowledge.
then directed his mystic hammer, Mjolnir, to show him where the eye
went after being cast into Mimir's fires, and Mjolnir opened a portal
to an extradimensional realm, where Thor found the immense Eye
assaulting dwarflings, who fled in fear.
Transporting himself to that
realm via Mjolnir, Thor encountered the dwarflings, who told them how the
Eye had been attacking them.
Just then, the Eye arrived, and the dwarflings feared it -- not content this time with having merely lain waste to their village -- had come after them this time.
(Thor I#292 - BTS) - Thor vowed to protect them from the evil eye, but it mocked him, asking what he knew of evil or the forces it faced. Thor asked if it was his father's eye, but the Eye refused to tell; and when Thor threatened it, the Eye struck him with a firebolt, asking what it had to fear from him. Thor put out the fires by summoning rain and asked further questions of its origins, but it instead released a blinding light and then plagued him with the illusion of a group of monstrous creatures along with one solid creature.
Thor guessed the others were illusions
and dispelled them, but was then surprised by the final creature.
Nonetheless, Thor unleashed a blast that destroyed the creature, and
the Eye noted Thor was more powerful than it had imagined. Unleashing
another firebolt at Thor, the Eye admitted it had come from Odin, but
was no longer just that, and it wanted to get Thor off of this world.
When it turned and fled, Thor pursued it, despite its insistence that it knew nothing that could help him. Thor refused to accept this and then unleashed a vortex that contained the Eye; the cyclone also destroyed more of the dwarflings' dwellings, which he vowed to restore after the Eye had surrendered its secret.
The Eye agreed to answer a question, but only one. Though Thor had questions a-many, including a vision of his fathering bowing down before the Celestials, but he finally resolved to ask about Odin's comment about not slaying him again. The Eye told Thor he was wise, as the one question may, in the end, tell him all...but it warned Thor that when it was finished, he would never be the same again.
I#293) - The Eye noted that, since it was no longer part of Odin, it
was also no more bound by certain unbreakable oaths he had sworn to
both himself and to the higher powers of the universe. Assuring that it
did not act treacherously, the Eye then convinced Thor to surrender his
will to the Eye so that it might fully share the information.
It started by reviewing some of Thor's past known to him, before finally forcing Thor to break open the vault in his mind containing secrets he had inherited from his father.
The Eye then related the tale of a previous Aesir's Ragnarok, which occurred nearly 2000 BC.
I#294) - When Thor argued that the Aesir shown by the Eye were
imposters and questioned whether it was lying, the Eye told Thor of the
celestial axis and its 2160 year progression, and of the connection
between Earth and Asgard.
Anxious to have his question answered, Thor
threatened the Eye with a thunderstorm, but the Eye promised it would
tell all, and it completed the tale of the survivors of the old Asgard,
the formation of the Rhinegold, and how the Aesir had united their four
strongest to form a new Odin, who then made a new Asgard and
Asgardians, who mirrored the current incarnation of Asgardians.
The Eye assured Thor that this Odin was indeed his father.
As it had not been part of their bargain, the Eye refused to divulge
the identity of Thor's mother, but instead jumped forward to tell Thor
of how the gnome Alberich stole the Rhinegold from the Rhinemaidens.
The Eye also shared how Loki had duped Odin into promising the goddess Idunn to the storm giants Fafnir and Fasolt in exchange for building Valhalla, with a promise that he would be able to get Odin out of this vow.
I#295) - As the Eye detailed the encounter with Fafnir and Fasolt, Thor
asked why he remembered naught of this, and the Eye told him it was
because Odin had willed it thusly.
The Eye continued, detailing how Thor, Odin, and Loki claimed the Ring of Power/Ring of the Nibelung (and the Tarnhelm and the gold the Nibelung had mined) from Alberich only to turn it all over to Fafnir and Fasolt to secure Idunn's return. The Eye then showed how Fafnir slew Fasolt to claim the prizes for himself and how Thor joined Valhalla to Asgard.
(Thor I#296) - After Thor threatened to smite the Eye anew if it failed to answer his questions, the Eye told him the story of Siegmund, a previous mortal incarnation of Thor, whom Odin was ultimately forced to slay at the demand of Frigga (for his having transgressed marriage vows).
(Thor I#297) - Noting it had revealed how Odin had slain had slain Thor in the past, Eye attempted to depart, but at Thor's insistence that there was more to the story, the Eye continued on, noting Odin's lament at slaying Siegmund and his location and punishment of Brunnhilde.
The Eye assured Thor this all related to him, and he showed Thor Siegmund's son, Siegfried, explaining that both Siegmund and Siegfried were the essence of Thor distilled into mortal forms.
The Eye detailed the death of Sieglinda, Mime's adopting and raising Siegfried, and the life of Siegfried up to Mime leading him to the dragon Fafnir.
(Thor I#298) - Eye related Siegfried's slaying Fafnir; claiming the Ring of the Nibelung and the Tarnhelm; slaying the treacherous Mime; and encountering Wulf, overcoming the challenges, and winning the love of Brunnhilde.
However, Eye advised Thor that there were machinations within machinations, and that the Ring of Rhinegold would shatter their happiness and presage Ragnarok and the life of Thor himself.
(Thor I#299) - When Thor asked why Odin had cast him into mortal form, Eye assured him it would reveal all in due time. It then went on to relate how Siegfried was ensorceled by Hagen, forgot Brunnhilde, fell in love with Gutruna, and delivered Brunnhilde to be married to Gunther; and when his past relationship with Brunnhilde was revealed, he was banished from the castle.
As Thor considered that his mortal self was doomed, Eye told him that Siegfried's death marked the beginning of Odin's greatest failure, which would both diminish the might of Asgard itself and force Odin to bend a knee to the Celestials.
(Thor I#300) - Eye told Thor that the end of the tale was near, after which it related Hagen's murdering of Siegfried, Brunnhilde leaping into the funeral pyre with him, and Odin restoring them both in their godly forms in Asgard.
Eye continued, noting how Odin had crucified himself
on Yggdrasil with split halves of the Ring of Power until Gaea granted
him a vision of the coming of the Celestials, after which he arranged a
meeting of the Council of Godheads.
Faced with the Celestials' power,
Odin and the other gods were forced to kneel and vow non-interference
for a millennium. In preparation for a future battle with the
Celestials, Odin had the Destroyer constructed and then transformed the
Rhinegold into the Oversword.
When Eye noted the tale to be concluded, Thor resolved to make amends with Odin, and he grasped Eye by the nerve/tail and pulled it through a dimensional vortex, and as the Eye was distanced from its own life-giving domain, it shrank down to its original proportions. By the time Thor was back in Asgard, Eye was shrunken and lifeless.
Finding the Asgardians lying lifeless and the Oversword absent, Thor sought out the fiery oracle Mimir and cast the inert eye into the flames to gain information on the gods' fates: Odin had cast the Asgardian's life forces into the Destroyer, which grew to Celestial size and wielded the Oversword (and backed by the Eternals' Uni-Mind).
I#300 - BTS) - The Celestials easily overpowered their attackers, but
Gaea convinced them to spare humanity by revealing the Young Gods she
and the other goddesses had gathered.
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Keith Pollard, and Chic Stone.
The Eye of Odin was technically present in every appearance of Odin prior to its being plucked out in Thor I#274, but I'm only going to include appearances of the disembodied eye and or any times it specifically referenced its existence within Odin.
The quote about an eye offending and being plucked out comes from the Bible's Matthew 18:9 (or so a Google search assures me)...but the subsequent two sentences are not related to that Bible passage as far as I know.
Eye of Odin
These stories were among those told to Thor by the Eye of Odin, and the events therein, particularly the origins of the current Odin incarnation, have been called into question (notably by Odin's grandfather, Buri, in his aspect as Tiwaz).
Profile by Snood.
The Eye of Odin should be distinguished from:
Thor guessed the others were illusions
and dispelled them, but was then caught off guard and assaulted by the final creature.
Grabbing Thor's right arm (which
held Mjolnir) and his left leg, the creature pulled Thor back towards
its "obscene lair."
Nonetheless, Thor unleashed a blast that destroyed the creature, and the Eye noted Thor was more powerful than it had imagined.--Thor I#292
images: (without ads)
Thor I#292, pg. 11, panel 1 (slightly oblique full eye over dwarfling village);
panel 2 (blasting dwarfling village);
pg. 12, panel 5 (straight-on, over Thor);
panel 7 (blasting Thor);
pg. 13, panel 5 (illusions);
pg. 14, panel 6 (green, tentacled creature);
pg. 15, panel 2 (green, tentacled creature, destroyed);
pg. 16, panel 3 (trapped in cyclone);
panel 4 (confronted by Thor within cyclone; close-up);
#293, pg.1 (rear oblique)
#300, pg. 19, panel 3 (shrinking after departing its domain);
panel 5 (shrunken and lifeless);
pg. 21, panel 9 (cast into Mimir);
Thor I#274 (August, 1978) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), John Buscema (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker)
Thor I#292-293 (February-March, 1980) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Keith Pollard (penciler), Chic Stone (inker)
Thor I#294-296 (April-June, 1980) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Keith Pollard (penciler), Chic Stone (inker), Jim Shooter (consulting editor)
Thor I#297 (July, 1980) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Keith Pollard (penciler), Chic Stone (inker), Mark Gruenwald (assistant editor)
Thor I#298 (August, 1980) - Ralph Macchio (writer), Keith Pollard (penciler), Chic Stone (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Thor I#299 (September, 1980) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Keith Pollard (penciler), Chic Stone (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Thor I#300 (October, 1980) - Mark Gruenwald & Ralph Macchio (writers), Keith Pollard (penciler), Chic Stone (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
First posted: 11/07/2019
Last updated: 11/07/2019
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