Comment by peter_lewerin on Professing and Cheering · 2010-04-17T12:22:00.303Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

It should be noted that the myth in question wasn't a "believed myth"; Snorri was writing a handbook for poets more than a hundred years after the introduction of christianity and needed to provide a context for the traditional kennings. It makes no sense because it wasn't intended to make sense, only to make it easier to make sense of traditional poems.