Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa, 15 [Vol. 7, 901-2]

[7] brunnrinn líknar ‘the fountain of mercy’: = The Virgin Mary, modelled on Lat. fons misericordiae ‘fountain of mercy’, sedes misericordiae ‘seat of mercy’; cf. Anon Mdr 35/4 brunnr miskunnar ‘fountain of mercy’; Schottmann 1973, 52. It was a miraculous icon of the Virgin, which she saw in a courtyard of the church, that aided Mary and was instrumental in her conversion.


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