Dr. Crawford discusses how the title interpretation for Alfǫðr given in the Prose Eddas for Odin/Wodan/Wotan/Othann might not be corrected. Instead of meaning All Father it might mean something closer to All Orderer.
The Germanic myths play such a large part in Anglic culture because of the Anglo-Saxon conquest of England in the 600s, followed by the Danish Great Pagan Army of the Viking Era.
These myths, legends, cultures, and events would go on to inspire many later English creative things such as Dr. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth stories. Tolkien’s own notes show how the Rohann social and martial structure was inspired by aspects of the old Ango-Saxon culture of post Roman Britain.
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