The Seed of Yggdrasill deciphers the riddles of metaphor in myth to reveal central themes of goddess worship, witchcraft, and heroes on vision quests. Kvilhaug presents a powerful argument which some have declared strongly feminist; a viewpoint that will prove a stunning revelation for some, and rather controversial for others. By translating the names in the myths, Kvilhaug´s insights open up the poems to reveal a whole new world where The tree of life, the red-gold of wisdom and the goddess of death and renewal are central to a forgotten way of life. She describes a lost Golden Age of travel, of free trade and inter-exchange of cultures. The Seed of Yggdrasill may well revolutionize the way in which the Sagas are approached by academics, story-tellers, and religious leaders alike. This unique approach to the Old Norse poems will cause much debate amongst modern new-age Odinists, and today's followers of the indigenous Scandinavian faith, Asatru. Controversy aside, this book will help rebuild an understanding of the pagan past of the Northern peoples. It may even restore a rationalized familiarity with their true Northern god(s) and goddess(es).