Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Gail over at Scribal Terror has an image of a whale highway, literalizing the famous "whale-road" kenning.
For those of you who don't know, a kenning is a kind of poetic device popular in Old English and Old Norse poetry, usually made by metaphorically joining two words that don't normally go together. For example, the sea might be called the hronrade, or "whale-road," or a lord might be called a "ring-giver," etc. Hronrade is probably the most well-known kenning, since it comes from line 10 of Beowulf.
Thanks to Scribal Terror for the image.

1 comment:

  1. This picture is awesome, I dont know if it is natural or not, but it is spectacular.