SPEAR KENNINGS OF SKALDIC POETRY (Meissner: 74:C)
Based on Meissner's "Die Kenningar der Skalden" (1921), pp. 145-146.

COMPLETE ALPHABETICAL LISTING

This website is experimental and incomplete. I have taken Meissner's data on SPEAR 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 14 SPEAR kennings treated here may be classified as shown in the table below.

It must be clearly stated, that many kennings, here classified as SWORD kennings (see), are actually ambiguous, and can just as well be classified as SPEAR kennings.

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AWOOD8
BSERPENT6
 ALL COMBINED14

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:

1.aODIN1
1.dVALKYRIES1
2.ABATTLE4
5.bARMOUR: HELMETS1
5.cARMOUR: SHIELDS1
6.aBLOOD1
6.bWOUNDS1
6.cTHE SLAIN4