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  • n. Plural form of kenning.


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  • A similar use of periphrasis occurs in Anglo-Saxon kennings ( 'world-candle' for sun, 'battle-adders' for arrows).

    The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry

  • They engaged in close study of its measure and meter, its heavy use of poetic "kennings" - evocative euphemisms describing the sea as the "whale-road" and so forth - and its preoccupation with Anglo-Saxon alliteration.

    Beowulf, A hero for our times

  • The extra spacing between the bird-name and the "kennings", for instance, reflects the gulf between ornithological category and the elusive, living thing.

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  • Tamarian also reminds me somewhat of 'kennings', poetic alllusions and circumlocations used in Nordic and Germanic literature.

    Archive 2004-04-01

  • It was so rich, so utterly overblown, so magical, with kennings like “oak-of-battle, ” meaning warrior, and descriptions like “wish-speeding” runes.

    Judith Lindbergh - An interview with author

  • Constance - all part of the service :- The Welsh Triads are a bit like the kennings in the Prose Edda - a sort of aide memoire for poets and storytellers.

    Early medieval armies: numbers

  • It felt clueless and glumfy, like my first kennings with Stella when she was a baby bird.

    Ancient, Strange, and Lovely

  • I sent a stream of kennings up to the critter, trying to calm him, keep him floating up there, out of sight.

    Ancient, Strange, and Lovely

  • So although they may well preserve older traditions, a bit like Norse kennings, they evidently did get added to and updated.


  • This is also known as Juneberry or serviceberry depending on where you live and who you learned your kennings from.

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  • See ciotach, oops, sionnach's list here

    November 18, 2008