A delightful article has been posted and is making the rounds: “An Eye for Odin? Divine Role-Playing in the Age of Sutton Hoo” by Neil Price and Paul Mortimer. I thoroughly recommend it.
One particular table is given on page 531 and I cannot help but present it here. It’s a listing of items with “altered eyes” in what we may assume to be representations of Wōden’s missing eye.
|Object and Location||Deposition Date||Altered Eye|
|Högom textiles, Sweden||c. 500||Left|
|Elsfleth buckle tongue, Germany||c. 500–600||Left|
|Hellvi helmet mask, Gotland, Sweden||c. 550||Right|
|Torslanda matrix, Öland, Sweden||c. 550–700||Right|
|Uppåkra helmet eyebrow, Skåne, Sweden||c. 550–700||Right|
|Gevninge helmet ocular, Roskilde, Denmark||c. 550–700||Right|
|Vendel grave 12 shield grip, Uppland, Sweden||c. 600||Right|
|Valsgärde grave 7 helmet crest, Uppland, Sweden||c. 620–710||Left|
|Sutton Hoo Mound 1, East Anglia, England Helmet eyebrow, animal head, whetstone, and purse-lid figure||c. 625||Left|
|Uppåkra figurine, Skåne, Sweden||c. 700–900||Right|
|Øster Vandet mask-weight, Denmark||c. 700–900||Left|
|Staraja Ladoga ferrule, Russia||c. 750–800||Left|
|Ribe pendant head, Denmark||c. 750–950||Right|
Even if you limit to particular areas with more than one find, the results are still mixed as to which eye is altered. It seems like a good bet, if we’re interpreting the finds correctly, that it didn’t matter which eye was missing, just as it doesn’t especially matter now.