Wednesday the Norse and Roman Days of the week and the origin of their names.


The Old English word for Wednesday wodnesdæg “Woden’s day” ( indicates that the day was named for the Germanic god Woden / Odin. 

The name Wednesday continues The name is a calque of the Latin dies Mercurii “day of Mercury”, reflecting the fact that the Germanic god Woden (Wodanaz or Odin) during the Roman era was interpreted as “Germanic Mercury”.

In Norse mythology, Odin is the father of Thor and Tyr was the king of the Æsir. Odin sacrificed his eye at Mimir’s spring in order to gain the Wisdom of Ages He is a god of war and death, as well as a sky god and the god of wisdom and poetry. Along with being a god, he is the All-Father of all the Nordic Gods. Odin is associated with healing, death, royalty, the gallows, knowledge, battle, sorcery, poetry, frenzy, and the runic alphabet, and is the husband of the goddess Frigg.


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