This book does not tell the story of the Gods and Myths of Northern Europe, it comments on the stories. It gives snippets and summaries, not enough to bring the characters or stories to life, and then goes on to comment in depth about the deities therein. It was first published in 1964, and to me the writing style seems somewhat old fashioned. It also seems to try and interpret the Norse Gods with reference to myths from other parts of the world. Yes, comparitive religion and mythology can be an interesting view on the world, but surely Gods and Myths of Northern Europe can be understood on their own terms, referring to Norse works and religion, not dragging in any number of myth patterns that dont seem a very good fit. Basically it seems to me to cast its net too widely, using references that seem very tenuously connected to Northern Europe at best, and using too many words to do it.