VALKYRIE KENNINGS OF SKALDIC POETRY (Meissner: 96B)
Based on Meissner's "Die Kenningar der Skalden" (1921), pp. 396-398.

COMPLETE ALPHABETICAL LISTING

This website is experimental and incomplete. I have taken Meissner's data on VALKYRIE 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 73 VALKYRIE kennings treated here may be classified as shown in the table below. It should be noted that the class of GODDESS also covers generic names of female deities, as well as a couple of mythical females perhaps better classified as Giantesses. Since there are only 37 kennings in this class, any sub-classification would be of little or no use. But for clarification, here are the 20 Stems included in the GODDESS class:

synja, ds, Eir, Freyja, Fulla, Gefn, Gerr, Gn, Leikn, nauma, nnnur, Rn, Rindr, rgn, Sga, Sr, Vr, vitr, Vr, rr

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AGODDESS38
BWOMAN28
CVALKYRIE5
DRECEIVER2
 ALL COMBINED73

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.aODIN8
1.cHEROES9
1.dVALKYRIES1
2.ABATTLE21
3.aWEAPONS (general)1
3.bWEAPONS: METALS1
3.cWEAPONS: POINTS4
4.cWEAPONS: BOWS1
4.fWEAPONS: SPEARS3
4.gWEAPONS: SWORDS7
5.bARMOUR: HELMETS2
5.cARMOUR: SHIELDS8
6.bWOUNDS2
6.cTHE SLAIN5