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Odin, leader of the Aesir, is also the father to most of them. But he carries a dark secret within his breast - he's dead. See, Odin hung himself from the branches of Yggdrasil in order to gain knowledge of life and death and the world, and he got it. But the other powers believed in their leaders infallibility, and that faith brought Odin back from the dead-book, more or less.
Now he dispenses wisdom from his throne Hildskialf (which is guarded by a proxy and a mass of petitioners), and rides his eight-legged horse Sleipner to sites that require his personal attention. Some say the horse has eight legs because that's the number of legs a coffin has (when carried by four pallbearers); thus, Odin's really riding a casket into battle.
In any case, the All-Father epitomizes the Norse race. He's savage and wise at the same time, straightforward and subtle as the mood strikes him. He rewards power with power, and only a few things anger him: aiding a giant, losing a battle, or breaking the laws of hospitality.
Odin controls three halls in Asgard. The first is Valaskialf, from which he rules. The second is Gladsheim, the common hall of the Aesir. where they meet to swear loyalty to and share mead with their leader. The third is Valhalla, where the mightiest warriors of the northmen are transformed into the einheriar. During the day, the place is mostly empty, as the einheriar are out honing their combat skills on each other. But at night, Valhalla's filled with the riotous noise of the feasting petitioners, all celebrating their triumphs of the day.