List of kennings

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{god, call, give}
{specie, animal, plant}
{language, word, form}
{work, book, publish}
{war, force, army}
{food, make, wine}
{island, water, area}

A kenning (Old Norse kenning [cʰɛnːiŋɡ], Modern Icelandic [cʰɛnːiŋk]) is a circumlocution used instead of an ordinary noun in Old Norse, Old English and later Icelandic poetry.

This list does not pretend to be comprehensive. Kennings for a particular character are listed in that character's article. For example, the Odin article links to a list of names of Odin, which include kennings. Only a few examples of Odin's kennings are given here. For a scholarly list of kennings see Meissner's Die Kenningar der Skalden (1921) or a good edition of Snorri Sturluson's Skáldskaparmál

Source language abbreviations

  • OE - Old English
  • D - Danish
  • G - Germanic
  • Ic - Old Icelandic
  • N - Norse
  • ON - Old Norse
  • Nor - Norwegian
  • S - Swedish

List of Kennings

Translated

Kenning

Norse Mythology

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