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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 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I find this interesting.. though a look into the Elder Eddas and the Isenlandingr Sogur will provide even more kennings.
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Geosammy Featured By Owner 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.
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Aernyk Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
This is very cool, I love Kennings. This list looks a rather lot like the one from Wikipedia.
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Geosammy Featured By Owner 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:
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Odins-Gift Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Perfect! Excellent and useful compilation. And a nice design at that.
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks it was harder then I thought to put together. Not much out there...
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Aelfeth Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just awesome!! Amazing work and very useful links :)
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Geosammy Featured By Owner 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. :-)
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PeKj Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Good job! And the links are very useful too.

I feel inspired. :D
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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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PeKj Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Yeah, I think we both are out in deep waters here, my friend. But that's what makes it intresting.

Good luck to you too. :D
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I'm going to need it. :-)
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Sigurth Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A very interesting read!
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks... Kennings are fun, but there hard to find though.
I'm happy you found it interesting.
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Sigurth Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I read the poetic edda a while ago, and they were so much fun to descipher! a little frustrating at times, but they really add somethng to literature that I really think needs to be used more in modern times. You made a great compilation!
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I have to give credit to Wikipedia for most if not all the kennings.
There very hard come by especially lists of them with meanings.
You can find many kennings in "Beowulf" and the "Edda" you mentioned, but like you said... you have to figure out for yourself what they mean.
Some find it difficult just to read a normal everyday book let alone a book that contain kennings.
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Sigurth Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
xD I quite agree with that last statement! And a shame it is so true.
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
To bad there isn't a dictionary of kennings. :shrug:

Nice chatting with you, enjoy whats left of your day/night depending were you are. :-)
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Sigurth Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A good idea though :D

yes, a good few lines, and the same to you, before I fall asleep at the desk!
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Take care and fare-thee-well. :-)
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Cloud-of-stars Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
ha thats really cool (: thanks for putting this up- its really interesting!!! :w00t:
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, This stuff has been around for ever.
Just thought I'd give my Viking friends a blast for the past, the very past that is.
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Cloud-of-stars Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
haha well thanks again my viking friend!
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup:
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Tohroe Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
This has been most interesting... Thank you! :)
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I was aware that this existed, so I put this small list of common kennings together.
It's a great way of telling stories as well as writing poetry.
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