Kenning (noun): a metaphorical compound word or phrase (as swan-road for ocean) used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry.

(Thanks, Merriam-Webster).

In today’s episode of The Bookening, we discuss how poems differ from novels, the character of Beowulf as a dudely dude, and the appropriate time to brag about how many sea monsters you’ve killed. Then Brandon and Jake go to war in an epic kenning-guessing context. It’s intense.

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Next month we’re reading Macbeth by Francis Bacon or Elizabeth Barrett Browning or somebody. You can watch a good movie version (warning: gore, witches) with Patrick Stewart and some chick.

WARNING: The recent Michael Fassbender version sucks.

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