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List of Kennings by Geosammy List of Kennings by Geosammy
A kenning is a type of literary trope, specifically circumlocution, in the form of a compound (usually two words, often hyphenated) that employs figurative language in place of a more concrete single-word noun.
Kennings are strongly associated with Old Norse and later Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon poetry. . The term kenning has been applied by modern scholars to similar figures of speech in other languages too, especially Old English.

This list does not pretend to be comprehensive. Only a few examples of kennings are given here.

This list was compiled using "Wikipedia" as it's main source.

For a more comprehensive list of kennings go to the kenning index at: [link]

For even more info see, "The Use Of Kennings In Anglo-Saxon Literature" at: [link]
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Dragonwolfnurona Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find this interesting.. though a look into the Elder Eddas and the Isenlandingr Sogur will provide even more kennings.
Geosammy Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not familiar with that work, but I'm sure your right.
Thanks for the comment and your favor.
This is very cool, I love Kennings. This list looks a rather lot like the one from Wikipedia.
Geosammy Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes... I used "Wikipedia" as a guide. I did mentioned this in my description of the list.
I can't take full credit for it's compilation, "Wikipedia" is a great recourse and that needs to be acknowledged.
I'm also very happy that you enjoyed it. :thumbsup:
Perfect! Excellent and useful compilation. And a nice design at that.
Geosammy Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks it was harder then I thought to put together. Not much out there...
Aelfeth Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just awesome!! Amazing work and very useful links :)
Geosammy Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, when I began this I wasn't sure how it was going to go, but finding information about kenning is a real challenge.
Either the info is difficult to understand or it's in a Language I don't know and I only no one, English.
Enjoy. :-)
Good job! And the links are very useful too.

I feel inspired. :D
Geosammy Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried to include links that I understood, guessing if I could understand them then others will as well.
I'm not saying that I'm a big dummy, but this stuff isn't easily understood.
It's much more complicated then I realized. If I'm ever going to write anything using kennings, I'll have to do lots of research and that will take some time.
Have fun with it and good luck if you decide to put something together. :thumbsup:
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