Compare with the staff of Jupiter,
, a common sign in Rome, and also with
, the staff of Adad, the Babylonian god of thunderstorms
and the forces of weather.
Note that the Hittite hieroglyphs for lightning were also three-pronged. The structure uppermost on Odin’s staff is similar to one of the crowns in the Three Crowns, the symbol on the Swedish national coat of arms. Three is the magic number, God’s number, associated with prosperity and power.