SHIELD KENNINGS OF SKALDIC POETRY (Meissner: 80)
Based on Meissner's "Die Kenningar der Skalden" (1921), pp. 166-176.

COMPLETE ALPHABETICAL LISTING

This website is experimental and incomplete. I have taken Meissner's data on SHIELD 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 296 SHIELD kennings treated here may be classified as shown in the table below.

CLICK STEM TYPE FOR COMPLETE LISTING

AGROUND49
BLUMINARY45
CWALL38
DBOARD27
EABODE24
FCLOUD23
GDOOR16
HCLOTH14
IMYTHOS14
JROAD12
KWHEEL11
LROOF7
MUNIQUE4
NHEAVEN3
ONET3
PBENCH2
QDECORATION2
RPROTECTOR2
 ALL COMBINED296

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:

0.aMYTHOS14
1.aODIN26
1.cHEROES18
1.dVALKYRIES43
2.ABATTLE60
3.cWEAPONS (general): POINTS3
3.dWEAPONS (general): SHAFTS2
3.eWEAPONS (general): SPIKES1
4.fWEAPONS: SPEARS19
4.gWEAPONS: SWORDS42
4.jCATAPULTS1
5.dARMOUR: SHIELD-PARTS30
6.cTHE SLAIN4
8.cMEN: SEAFARERS1
13.aSHIPS19
13.bSHIP-PARTS13