Kennings

Kennings

Kennings (the term in Thjodiskmal is heiti, plural also heiti) are poetic names and expressions, learned circumlocutions that allow the poet to dazzle the audience with the depth of his lore and learning.

A

“Arrow-Dew” – Blood

B

C

“Clash of the Valkyries” – Battle

D

“Drink of Dwarves” – Poetry

E

F

“Frodi’s Flour” – Gold

G

“Game of Iron” – Battle
“Giant’s Drink” – Poetry

H

“Hnitbjorg’s Water” – Poetry

I

J

K

“Kvasir’s Blood” – Poetry

L

“Light of the Alfar” – Sun

M

“Mead of Odhinn” – Poetry
“Milk of Corpses” – Blood

N

O

P

Q

R

“Ring-giver” – Noble, Lord, King
“River of Swords” – Blood

S

“Sea of the Horn” – Beer
“Sea-king’s Horse” – Ship
“Sea-steed” – Ship
“Storm of Metal” – Battle
“Suttungur’s Mead” – Suttungsmjod – Poetry

T

“Terror of Trees” – Fire

U

V

“Valley-fish” – Snake

W

“War-flame” – Sword
“Wound-bee” – Arrow
“Wound-engraver” – Sword
“Wound-wolf” – Axe

X

Y

Z

Kennings

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