[LMB] Demon formation

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Thu Jul 29 19:54:16 BST 2021


My father was a big Norse-culture buff, and he thought the fancy knotwork
carving was probably partly intended as something to do over long, cold
winter days.  Occupational therapy, if you will.  The same could be said
for coming up with more elaborate kennings.

On Thu, Jul 29, 2021 at 7:49 AM B Van Look <vanlook19 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 28, 2021 at 7:20 PM Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Coming up with kennings in old Norse poetry was an art-form in itself.
> You
> > could have kennings within kennings within kennings, and a true
> > connoisseur would know what you meant.  Asking what it meant would mark
> the
> > asker as an ignorant newb.
>
> There'd been much discussion about the parallel art forms of Norse
> kennings and the zoomorphic knotwork in class, how the forms echoed
> one another into a glimpse of world-view from the inside. Sagas only
> tell us a slice.
>
> BJ
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