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Essorant
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From Dictionary.com

Kenning:

A figurative, usually compound expression used in place of a name or noun, especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry; for example, storm of swords is a kenning for battle.



Can you make a kenning for any (or all) of the following words:


1.  Poetry
2.  Age
3.  Mirror
4.  marriage
5.  Boat
6.  Sword
7.  Butterfly
8   Wisdom
9.  Sky
10. Life


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I'll bite.  Here goes

1. Poetry—libation of the bards
2. Age—limitation of the gods
3. Mirror—reflections mundane glances
4. Marriage—love’s last coupling
5. Boat—the rivulet rider
6. Sword—the razored rapier
7. Butterfly—soft-winged bird of Zephyr floes
8. Wisdom—nectar of the sages
9. Sky—the parchment of creation
10. Life—the stage of our lives
Essorant
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"Nectar of the Sages."  

one of the best kenning I've seen for for "Wisdom"     Well kenned  

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That was my favorite, too.  The rest are a bit contrived, just to finish the list.  It was, however, a fun exercise.
Essorant
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Can you guess what is being referred to with each of the following kennings?  




Lashlights

Shoulders' boulder

Wavelander

Hawkland's Riverfire

Battle's tooth

Dwarftalk  
Essorant
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Answers


Lashlights:  eyes

Shoulders' boulder: head

Wavelander: sailor

Hawkland's Riverfire:  golden bracelet

Battle's tooth: sword

Dwarftalk:  echo


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Red Wind = Fire

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Hastemaker's Acre  = the city
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Here are some very interesting kennings from Old Norse.


The Talk of Giants = Gold

Trollwife's Wind = Thought

Jewellery Tree = Woman

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Severn's Spear  - a very sharp critique.
 
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