Sandy Clegg Posted May 24 Share Posted May 24 My usual haunt for wordplay-related things is @Seams Puns & Wordplay thread, but I want to open up a space for more general etymology-related information in ASOAIF. I was doing a Wikipedia search today on krakens and thought this might be of interest to the board: Etymology: KRAKEN The English word "kraken" (in the sense of sea monster) derives from Norwegian kraken or krakjen, which are the definite forms of krake. According to a Norwegian dictionary, krake, in the sense of "malformed or crooked tree" originates from Old Norse kraki, meaning "pole, stake". And krake in the sense of "sea monster" or "octopus" may share the same etymology. Swedish krake for "sea monster" is also traced to krake meaning "pole". However Finnur Jónsson remarked that the krake also signified a grapnel (dregg) or anchor, which readily conjured up the image of a cephalopod. He also explained the synonym of krake, namely horv, was an alternative form of harv 'harrow' and conjectured that this name was suggested by the inkfish's action of seeming to plow the sea. Ser Arthurs Dawn and ravenous reader 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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