Kennings in Old English

everydayoldenglish:

  • weorðmyndum – honour (minds worth)
  • heofon-candel – sun (sky candle)
  • heofones gim – sun (sky’s jewel)
  • heofones wynne – dawn (joy of the sky)
  • bānhūs – body (bone house)
  • beadolēoma – sword (battle-light)
  • guð-wine – sword (war friend)
  • wægflota – ship (wave floater)
  • yþlida – ship (wave sailor)

  • swan-rād – sea (swan road)
  • hron-rāde – sea (whale road)
  • uht-sceaða – dragon (twilight-scather)
  • lyftfloga – dragon (air-flyer)
  • hordcofan – thoughts (treasure-chamber)
  • ferðlocan – mind (spirit-chest) 
  • lēod-gebyrgea – king/ruler (protector of people)
  • heaðo-wædum – armour (battle weeds)
  • lind-hæbbende – warrior (shield possessor)
  • heafonduguþ – angels (Heaven army)

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