I picked this up because I was trying to get my mind out of a modern, Judeo-Christian mindset while writing. I've always liked Norse mythology but didn't know much beyond my beloved children's D'Aulaires.
The nice thing about this volume is that there is a cadence to the writing that lends itself to speech. I could easily picture an elderly man or woman, hunched by the hearth telling these stories. There are repetitions (the Lord of the Gallows has a repetitive structure as Odin remarks on his new knowledge) and overlapping myths. This was a great book to read for both information and distraction.