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carnyx

The carnyx was a wind instrument of the Iron Age Celts, attested for ca. 300 BC to 200 AD. It is a kind of bronze trumpet, held vertically, the mouth styled in the shape of a boar’s head. It was used in warfare, probably to incite troops to battle and intimidate opponents. The instrument’s upright carriage allowed its notes to carry over the heads of the participants in battles and ceremonies.

Etymology

The word “carnyx” is derived from the Gaulish root, “carn-” or “cern-” meaning “antler” or “horn,” and the same root of the name of the god, Cernunnos (Delmarre, 1987 pp. 106-107).

Source: Wikipedia.

Gwyr was already aboard; he stood in the stern, occasionally raising the carnyx and sounding the note that would summon all of the far-flung and the forlorn hopes who were attached to Legion.

Source: Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn by Robert Holdstock.

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