Kennings

From World of Charun

The Northmen speak Nordska, an indigenous language that has influenced the tongue of the Three Isles, Islean, that today is used as the common tongue across Charun. A common feature of their language is the use of "kennings", that are a figure of speech used instead of an ordinary noun.

  • Anvil: Asjarn's Bed
  • Axe: blood-ember
  • Blood: slaughter-dew or battle-sweat (shedding much battle-sweat or slaughter-dew during firce combat)
  • Death: sleep of the sword, Hluta's kiss
  • Fire: bane of wood, Asjarn's breath
  • Honour: mind's worth, Eithblot's heart
  • Kill enemies: feed the eagle, feed the ravens
  • Raven: swan of blood (ravens eat the dead at battlefields)
  • Sea: whale's way
  • Shield: headland of swords
  • Ship: wave-steed, sea-steed
  • Storm: Hrithur's wrath
  • Sun: sky's jewel
  • Sword: blood-worm, icicle of blood, wound-hoe
  • War: weather of weapons, feeder of ravens
  • Wind: breaker of trees


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