Husband of the fertility goddess Freya, father of Hnoss and, according to 13th century Icelander Snorri Sturluson, one of the AEsir. Od is an essentially shadowy figure, and the extent to which his role has been entirely subsumed into that of his wife can clearly be seen in Snorri's account of Freya, where the fullest (if still patchy) picture of Od can be found:
Freya is highest in rank next to Frigg; she was married to someone called Od, and their daughter is called Hnoss... Od disappeared on long travels, and Freya stayed behind in tears, and her tears are red gold. Freya has many names, because she took on different names when she journeyed to among foreign peoples searching for Od.
The apparent contradiction of the last two sentences cited here underlines the difficulty of sketching out a function for Od; it has even been suggested that his name simply denotes an aspect of the god Odin, who was well known for his wanderings, a notion to some extent supported by the way in which the roles of Freya and Frigg are occasionally confused and conflated.