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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

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

[7-8] hæstr höfuðkastali ‘highest chief castle’: This image is similar to Has 60, where Mary is described both as Christ’s hǫfuðmusteri ‘chief temple’ and as his kastali ‘fort, castle’. Similar compounds occur throughout Mdr: höfuðmusteri ‘chief temple’ occurs at 14/3 (where the entire l. is identical to Has 60/3); Mary is described as höfuðstaðr ‘chief place’ in 2/8, which is echoed in höfuðborg ‘chief fort’ in 40/3. On the Lat. model of templum domini and its symbolism in Mariology, see Note to Has 60 and Schottmann 1973, 48-50.


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