This was too interesting not to share.
A kenning is a phrase that means the same thing as another phrase, usually something translated from old english or norse, or another old language. Sort of like a euphemism from old to modern.
For example, to ‘kill one’s enemies’ in our modern lingo is the same as saying ‘to feed the eagles’ in Swedish. That’s one of my favorites. Another is the term ‘battle-sweat’, Old English from Beowolf. It means blood, and to shed a lot of battle-sweat means to bleed a lot during a fight.
There’s a whole list of them on this wikipedia page. Enjoy!
Kali just wants life to go back to what it used to be. The way it was before she took that ill-fated ride with Jesse.
She’s the main protagonist in Symbiosis, my novel work-in-progress (WIP) and her life is never going to be ‘normal’ again. Her entire life’s paradigm is challenged in her new world, and she will have to choose between trusting Jesse or turning her back on what she comes to realize is her calling (however resistant she is to it initially).
Kali is also a Hindu goddess. Kali, the character, can identify with her aspects, especially that of ‘giver and taker of life’.