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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa, 1 [Vol. 7, 478-9]

[5-8]: Although his paraphrase suggests that he agrees in principle with the prose w.o. here, Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) engages in some rather over-interpretative translation. He seems to envisage a direct encounter between the Trinity and the Virgin, in which the divine ‘seal of approval’ is offered: guds treenighed henvendte til hende ... disse ord: du er endnu dens höjeste hovedkastel ‘God’s Trinity addressed these words to her: “You are yet its highest chief castle”’. Apart from the fact that there is nothing in the text to suggest that there is any speaking voice other that the poet’s here, it would be strange for the Trinity to refer to itself in the 3rd pers. as ‘its highest chief castle’.


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