BLOOD KENNINGS OF SKALDIC POETRY (Meissner: 84)
Based on Meissner's "Die Kenningar der Skalden" (1921), pp. 204-208.

COMPLETE ALPHABETICAL LISTING

This website is experimental and incomplete. I have taken Meissner's data on BLOOD Kennings, reclassified it slightly, and attempted to present it in a new manner. Simplifying Meissner's approach, I have come to the conclusion that the STEMS of the 122 BLOOD kennings treated here may be classified as shown in the table below. It should be pointed out that WATER covers 75% of the Stems, and that the two most common Qualifiers (WOUNDS, THE SLAIN) account for 52% of the whole.

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AWATER93
BDRINK21
CBODY-FLUID7
DUNUSUAL1
 ALL COMBINED122

Any classification of the above STEMS will always be problematic and open to criticism. However, the classification of QUALIFIERS is much simpler. I have settled upon the following:

2.ABATTLE3
3.aWEAPONS (general)7
3.cWEAPONS (general): POINTS2
3.dWEAPONS (general): SHAFTS4
4.fWEAPONS: SPEARS1
4.gWEAPONS: SWORDS17
4.hWEAPONS: SWORD-PARTS1
6.aBLOOD (self-referential)2
6.bWOUNDS41
6.cTHE SLAIN22
6.dRAVENS13
6.eWOLVES7
6.fEAGLES2