Hey, literature folks. Have y'all noticed that people are using kennings again? I mean, sea pancake, danger noodle, sea roomba.
How’s that different from describing the sea as the whale-road or gannet’s bath?
THIS IS SO FUCKING AWESOME. I love kennings.
- Kylo Bean on twitter
What’s really cool is that these kennings accomplish nearly the exact opposite of classical kennings. Sea Pancake and Danger Noodle and Sea Roomba function as familiarizers or diminutives—they make the actual thing seem friendlier and more local.
Classic kennings like Whale-Road and Gannet’s Bath function as a way to make the mundane and normal more epic and dramatic and cool…
It’s crazy how the same device, with thousands of years of separation, are used for nearly opposite purposes!
found @ 29 likes ON 2019-02-12 23:31:16 BY ME.ME