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The paper investigates the spread of a well-known Germanic kenning, ‘wolf’s food’, meaning ‘carrion’, and its variant ‘raven’s food’, in the poetic tradition of languages that had an extensive contact with Scandinavian in the Middle Ages, Russian and Irish. A comparison with other Indo-European traditions where similar phrases are found suggests the kenning as such is a Germanic creation because it has specific features not found elsewhere. In Russian the phrase was borrowed from Scandinavian, in Irish the picture is less clear but there was at least an influence of Scandinavian.

In: Castalia: Studies in Indo-European Linguistics, Mythology, and Poetics
In: Homer from Z to A
In: Homer from Z to A
In: Homer from Z to A
In: Homer from Z to A
In: Homer from Z to A
In: Homer from Z to A
In: Homer from Z to A
In: Homer from Z to A
In: Homer from Z to A