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As the glory of elves
headed home,
The breaker of trees
blew its horn,
The white jaws
set out to roam,
Licking the battle-sweat
of its prey,
 it began to mourn.
 
*As a part of NaPoWriMo. #13
*The prompt by NaPoWriMo today was ” to write a poem that contains at least one kenning. Kennings were metaphorical phrases developed in Nordic sagas. At their simplest, they generally consist of two nouns joined together, which imaginatively describe or name a third thing. The phrase “whale road,” for example, could be used instead of “sea” or “ocean,” and “sky candle” could be used for “sun.” The kennings used in Nordic sagas eventually got so complex that you basically needed a decoder-ring to figure them out. And Vikings being Vikings, there tended to be an awful lot of kennings for swords, warriors, ships, and gold. But at their best, they are suprising and evocative. So, I chose the kennings that are highlighted in red in the poem. The meanings of the highlighted kennings are as follows:
glory of elves – the sun
breaker of trees – wind
white jaws – winter wolf
battle-sweat – blood
*Also, do visit my friends who are participating in the challenge. You won’t be disappointed.
pooja



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