Can You Ken? VIIII

It’s kenning time! Well, belatedly, because I accidentally picked PM instead of AM on the post today. ^^;; Whoops. So…here is your kenning. Can you figure out what it is?

Cheiftains of the heath

What could be the heath’s cheiftains?

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Detangling Knots

The verse for the disentangling of knots caused by Loki is as follows:
Styr heitir hann faðir þinn.
Skónál heitir hún móðir þín,
þau skulu bæði stinga í rassinn á þér,
ef þu ferð ekki upp af þræðinum. (Guðni Jónsson 1954b, 189)
[Spearhead your father is called. Shoe needle your mother is called. They should both prick you in the arse if you will not leave the thread.]
This is an excellent article. This and Barber & Barber’s book, When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Creates Myth served as the main inspirations for my story on Loki’s Payment where Loki is both Thór’s vätte and the catalyst for a volcanic eruption. I am also a bit of a fan of Eldar Heide (of Bergen University College) in general. I find his insights useful, and his English articles are easy reads — that is, they are written so they are easy to parse. In comparison, Mr. Frog (of the University of Helsinki), whose articles I enjoy and find very useful and is very much worth the read, but tends to compact so much into a sentence I sometimes get a headache reading him.