» 
Arabic Bulgarian Chinese Croatian Czech Danish Dutch English Estonian Finnish French German Greek Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Malagasy Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swedish Thai Turkish Vietnamese
Arabic Bulgarian Chinese Croatian Czech Danish Dutch English Estonian Finnish French German Greek Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Malagasy Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swedish Thai Turkish Vietnamese

definition - List_of_kennings

definition of Wikipedia

   Advertizing ▼

Wikipedia

List of kennings

                   

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

Primary Meaning Kenning

Translated

Original

Kenning

Explanation Source Language Example
axe blood-ember N
battle spear-din N Snorri Sturluson Skaldskaparmal
blood slaughter-dew N
blood battle-sweat One reference for this kenning comes from the epic poem, Beowulf. As Beowulf is in fierce combat with Grendel's Mother, he makes mention of shedding much battle-sweat. N Beowulf
blood wound-sea svarraði sárgymir N Eyvindr Skáldaspillir Hákonarmál 7).
chieftain or king breaker of rings Alludes to a ruler breaking the golden rings upon his arm and using them to reward his followers. OE Beowulf
death sleep of the sword OE Beowulf
death flame-farewelled Implicitly honourable death N
fire bane of wood grand viðar ON Snorri Sturluson Skáldskaparmál 36
fire sun of the houses sól húsanna ON Snorri Sturluson Skáldskaparmál 36
gold seeds of the Fyris Wolds Fýrisvalla fræ Hrólf Kraki spread gold on the Fyris Wolds to distract the men of the Swedish king N Eyvindr Skáldaspillir Lausavísa 8
gold serpent's lair Serpents (and dragons) were reputed to lie upon gold in their nests N Skáldskaparmál
gold Sif's hair Derived from the story of when Loki cut off Sif's hair. In order to amend his crime, Loki had the dwarf Dvalin make new hair for Sif, a wig of gold that grew like normal hair. N Skáldskaparmál
gold Kraki's seed Hrólf Kraki spread gold on the Fyris Wolds to distract the men of the Swedish king. Can also be used to imply generosity; q.v. Hrólf Kraki N Skáldskaparmál
gold, sometimes amber Freyja's tears Derived from the story of when Freyja could not find Óðr, her husband, the tears she shed were gold, and the trees which her tears fell upon were transmuted into amber. N
honour mind's worth weorðmyndum OE Beowulf
hook bait-gallows Ic Flateyjarbok
kill enemies Feed the eagle Killing enemies left food for the eagles S Gripsholm Runestone
Loki wolf's father an allusion to Loki's fathering of Fenrir N Lokasenna
Loki father of the sea thread Loki was the father of Jörmungandr, the Midgard serpent N Þórsdrápa
mistletoe Baldur's bane The kenning derives from the story in which all plants and creatures swore never to harm Baldur save mistletoe, which, when it was overlooked, Loki used to bring about Baldur's death by tricking Hodur. N
Mjollnir, Thor's hammer Hrungnir's slayer Hrungnir was a giant whose head was smashed by a blow from Mjollnir N Lokasenna
Odin Lord of the gallows See the separate page List of names of Odin for more Odin kennings N
Odin Hanged god Odin hung on the Tree of Knowledge for nine days in order to gain wisdom. N
poetry Grímnir's lip-streams Grímnir is one of the names of Odin N Þórsdrápa
raven swan of blood ravens ate the dead at battlefields N
the sea whale-road hron-rād N,OE Beowulf 10: "In the end each clan on the outlying coasts beyond the whale-road had to yield to him and begin to pay tribute"
the sea sail road seġl-rād OE Beowulf 1429 b
the sea whale's way hwæl-weġ N,OE The Seafarer 63 a; Beowulf
the sea swan-road swan-rād OE Beowulf 200 a
serpent valley-trout N Skaldskaparmal
shield headland of swords sverða nesi N Eyvindr Skáldaspillir Hákonarmál 7
ship wave-steed báru fákr N þorbjörn Hornklofi: Glymdrápa 3
ship sea-steed gjálfr-marr N Hervararkviða 27; Skáldskaparmál
sky Ymir’s skull Ymis haus N Arnórr jarlaskáld Magnúsdrápa 19
the sun sky-candle heofon-candel OE Exodus 115 b
the sun sky's jewel heofones ġim OE The Phoenix 183
the sun glory of elves álf röðull álf röðull (alfrodull), meaning "glory-of-elves" refers both to the chariot of the sun goddess Sól and to the rider (the sun herself). N Skírnismál Vafþrúðnismál
sword blood-worm N
sword icicle of blood N
sword wound-hoe ben-grefill N Egill Skallagrímsson: Höfuðlausn 8
sword onion of war ímun-laukr Or leek of war N Eyvindr Skáldaspillir Lausavísa 8
Thor slayer of giants, basher of trolls felli fjörnets goða flugstalla felli fjörnets goða flugstalla is a compound kenning. Literally feller of the life webs (fjörnets) of the gods of the flight-edges, i.e. slayer of giants, life webs (fjörnets) is a kenning in its own right since it refers directly to the operations of the Norns in severing lives, flight-edges (flugstalla) being the high and dangerous places inhabited by eagles and hawks, i.e. the icy mountains of Jotunheim. N Þórsdrápa

Norse Mythology

war weather of weapons N Skaldskaparmal
warrior feeder of ravens grennir gunn-más “feeder of war-gull” = “feeder of raven” = “warrior” Ravens feed on dead bodies left after a battle. N Þorbjörn Hornklofi: Glymdrápa
warrior destroyers of eagle’s hunger eyðendr arnar hungrs “destroyers of eagle’s hunger” = “feeders of eagle” = “warrior” Eagles, also, feed on dead bodies left after a battle. N Þorbjörn Þakkaskáld: Erlingsdrápa 1
waves Ægir's daughters Ægir had nine daughters called billow maidens who were personifications of the waves. N
wind breaker of trees N
wolf Gunn's horse Gunn is a valkyrie S Rök Stone
wrist wolf's-joint úlfliðr An allusion to Tyr's loss of his hand when fettering the wolf Fenrir Ic Gylfaginning

  References

   
               

 

All translations of List_of_kennings


sensagent's content

  • definitions
  • synonyms
  • antonyms
  • encyclopedia

Dictionary and translator for handheld

⇨ New : sensagent is now available on your handheld

   Advertising ▼

sensagent's office

Shortkey or widget. Free.

Windows Shortkey: sensagent. Free.

Vista Widget : sensagent. Free.

Webmaster Solution

Alexandria

A windows (pop-into) of information (full-content of Sensagent) triggered by double-clicking any word on your webpage. Give contextual explanation and translation from your sites !

Try here  or   get the code

SensagentBox

With a SensagentBox, visitors to your site can access reliable information on over 5 million pages provided by Sensagent.com. Choose the design that fits your site.

Business solution

Improve your site content

Add new content to your site from Sensagent by XML.

Crawl products or adds

Get XML access to reach the best products.

Index images and define metadata

Get XML access to fix the meaning of your metadata.


Please, email us to describe your idea.

WordGame

The English word games are:
○   Anagrams
○   Wildcard, crossword
○   Lettris
○   Boggle.

Lettris

Lettris is a curious tetris-clone game where all the bricks have the same square shape but different content. Each square carries a letter. To make squares disappear and save space for other squares you have to assemble English words (left, right, up, down) from the falling squares.

boggle

Boggle gives you 3 minutes to find as many words (3 letters or more) as you can in a grid of 16 letters. You can also try the grid of 16 letters. Letters must be adjacent and longer words score better. See if you can get into the grid Hall of Fame !

English dictionary
Main references

Most English definitions are provided by WordNet .
English thesaurus is mainly derived from The Integral Dictionary (TID).
English Encyclopedia is licensed by Wikipedia (GNU).

Copyrights

The wordgames anagrams, crossword, Lettris and Boggle are provided by Memodata.
The web service Alexandria is granted from Memodata for the Ebay search.
The SensagentBox are offered by sensAgent.

Translation

Change the target language to find translations.
Tips: browse the semantic fields (see From ideas to words) in two languages to learn more.

last searches on the dictionary :

4164 online visitors

computed in 0.047s

   Advertising ▼

I would like to report:
section :
a spelling or a grammatical mistake
an offensive content(racist, pornographic, injurious, etc.)
a copyright violation
an error
a missing statement
other
please precise:

Advertize

Partnership

Company informations

My account

login

registration

   Advertising ▼