A love song for Odr, “A Hero Comes Home”

Odr is Freya’s long-lost husband. We know they were married (probably before the Aesir/Vanir war). He may have left her to go off to war, protecting Vanaheim or raiding like the rest of the Vikings. He may have left because he just didn’t want to be with Freya anymore. We don’t know. We know next to nothing about him. The only thing we really know is that Freya loved this being so much–above all of her other amours, apparently–that She has been searching for him ever since, longing, crying tears of gold. (It’s possible that he may have become Odin, or is a hypostase of Odin, and that she partnered up with him again after the War– we just don’t know.)

A Hero Comes Home (from Beowulf, 2007; sung by Idina Metzel)

Out of the mist of history

He’ll come again

Sailing on ships across the sea

To a wounded nation

Signs of a savior, like fire on the water

It’s what we prayed for, one of our own

Just wait–though wide he may roam

Always a hero comes home

He goes where no one has gone

But always, a hero comes home

Deep in the heart of darkness sparks

A dream of light

Surrounded by hopelessness

He finds the will to fight

There’s no surrender, always remember

It doesn’t end here, we’re not alone

 Just wait–though wide he may roam

Always a hero comes home

He goes where no one has gone

But always, a hero comes home

And he will come back on the crimson tide

Dead or alive

And even though we know the bridge has burned

He will return

He will return!

Just wait–though wide he may roam

Always, a hero comes home

He knows of places unknown

But always, a hero comes home

Someday they’ll carve in stone

“The hero comes home”

He goes, and comes back alone

But always, a hero comes home

Just wait–though wide he may roam

Always, a hero comes home…

(Not my own creation, unfortunately, but dead on, in my opinion.)

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