Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa, 8 [Vol. 7, 485]

[5-6] höll miskunnar dróttins ‘hall of the mercy of the Lord [= God (= Christ) > = Mary]’: ‘The mercy of the Lord’ is understood as a kenning for Christ. The figure of Mary as the ‘hall’ (Lat. palatium) of Christ, based on her having ‘housed’ him in her womb, is fairly common in later Christian poetry (e.g. Mgr 28/1, Anon Lil 90/5, Arngr Gd 57/3-4IV; cf. Schottmann 1973, 49 and nn).

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