When seeking to understand the function of mythology in the
pagan past and in medieval Iceland scholars are confronted with the
problem of how sources from the Middle Ages can properly be used.
The articles in this volume demonstrate diverse angles from which
Old Norse mythological texts can be viewed. Many
discuss methodological problems in dealing with the texts and draw
on expertise from different fields of study such as history,
philology, literary studies, and history of religions. The authors
are all established experts in the field, but demonstrate new
approaches to the study of Old Norse mythology, and offer insights
into possible new directions for research.
"As a whole, the volume provides plenty of food for thought and the essays, which are generally of a very high quality, are representative of several different approaches to and, indeed, reflections on Old Norse myths." (K. Bek-Pedersen, in: Cosmos 26, 2010, p. 132-134)