SWORD KENNINGS OF SKALDIC POETRY (Meissner: 76)
Based on Meissner's "Die Kenningar der Skalden" (1921), pp. 150-164.

COMPLETE ALPHABETICAL LISTING

This website is experimental and incomplete. I have taken Meissner's data on SWORD 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 496 SWORD kennings treated here may be classified as shown in the table below. It should be pointed out that FIRE covers 38% of the whole, and that the three most common types (FIRE, WOOD, SERPENT) cover 73% of the whole.

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AFIRE186
BWOOD98
CSERPENT72
DHARM37
EICE23
FTOOL22
GMOUTH17
HANIMAL16
IPLACE12
JSORROW6
KMYTHOS3
LOBSCURE3
MUNIQUE1
 ALL COMBINED496

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.aMYTHOS3
1.aODIN23
1.cHEROES3
1.dVALKYRIES45
2.ABATTLE110
4.cWEAPONS: BOWS1
4.gWEAPONS: SWORDS9
4.hWEAPONS: SWORD-PARTS39
4.iWHETSTONES10
5.aARMOUR: BYRNIES24
5.bARMOUR: HELMETS21
5.cARMOUR: SHIELDS90
6.aBLOOD36
6.bWOUNDS60
6.cTHE SLAIN20
8.aMEN (general)1
9.bBODY: LEG1