MCU: How Old Was Odin When He Died in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’?

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Odin is one of those characters in the MCU that is a symbol of wisdom, righteousness, and prosperity. His presence and words always had meaning, and Thor learned much about him. The Allfather’s demise shocked everyone, opening the doors for great perils to Asgard. We know that Asgardians live long lives, but let’s see how old Odin was when he died in ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’

Odin was between 5,000 and 10,000 years old. Asgardians lived around 5,000 years, but it is considered that Odin lived longer than that thanks to the Odinsleep that, from time to time, restored his Odinforce.

This King of Asgard was respected and feared by many across the Nine Realms, and he spent centuries trying to bring peace to the universe, both as a fierce warrior on the battlefield and as a benevolent ruler on the Asgardian throne. Now that you know how old Odin was when he died let’s see how he died in the movie and what evidence suggests that he is several thousand years old.

How did Odin die in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’?


After Thor confronted Surtur for the first time, he returned to Asgard only to find his home planet turned into a place of amusement orchestrated by Loki. Since Thor needed to talk with Odin as soon as possible, he demanded to know where he was. And apparently, Loki left him in a care home for senior citizens on Earth.

When Loki and Thor arrived, the place was being demolished, and Odin was nowhere to be found. With Doctor Strange’s help, Thor and Loki found their father in Norway. He never planned on returning to Asgard and chose to remain in exile. And it was all because he was dying.

Odin’s been expecting Thor’s and Loki’s arrival. He knew Ragnarok was upon Asgard and Hela would come when he died. The only thing that imprisoned her was his life force, which was now ending. Odin warned Thor and Loki about what Hela was capable of, told them he loved them and was ready to meet his beloved Frigga again.


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Thor and Loki sat beside their father and watched him turn into golden dust and disappear in the air. Odin was at peace and ready to die since he lived for thousands of years, conquered everything he could, and kept Asgard and its people safe as best as possible. However, it is debatable how old Odin exactly was when he died.

It is debatable how old Odin was when he died, but he was older than 5,000 years


Even though Odin was prepared to pass the throne to Thor for some time, aware that he was getting older and weaker, his death surprised the MCU. We can’t say it wasn’t on the horizon, but not many expected to see a legendary character like Odin be killed off that easily.

It is debatable how old Odin was in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ when he died, but the general opinion is that he was more than 5000 years old. Asgardians are known for their superhuman longevity and age way slower than humans.

Since there was never any direct fact about Odin’s age, we can only speculate based on various references that give us an approximate guess. For example, in ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ Loki mentions that Asgardians live approximately 5,000 years more than humans. This means that since Odin was clearly in his senior days before he died, he was at least 5,000 years old.

What differentiates Odin from other Asgardians is that he would periodically enter the Odinsleep, a state of deep sleep that enabled him to recharge his Odinforce. If we take that into account, it is fair to assume that Odin lived longer than other Asgardians usually do, and that would mean he was somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 years old when he died in ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’


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Despite his age, Odin lived a fulfilled life and was rightfully considered an Asgardian God of War and Wisdom. In his prime, he was among the greatest warriors and conquerors in the Nine Realms, but his aspirations were always aimed toward peace and not feuds between Realms. Thor inherited many of his qualities, but Odin died before he could pass all the wisdom he possessed to his son.

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