Rosemary Sutcliff and Anglo-Saxon ‘kennings’ | Sutcliff Discovery of the Day

Rosemary Sutcliff used kennings, some from the Anglo-Saxon, some probably invented herself. These are word combinations used instead of  ordinary nouns in Old Norse and later Icelandic poetry.Out in the world of web discussions, one commenter remembers ‘whale-road’ was one for the sea, and ‘wave-rider’ for a ship. Do Sutcliff fans who read this blog recall others?

Author: Anthony Lawton

Chair, Sussex Dolphin, family company which looks after the work of eminent children’s & historical fiction author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). Formerly CEO, chair & trustee of various charity, cultural & educational enterprises in UK.

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