Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa, 26 [Vol. 7, 499-500]

[7-8]: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) emends B’s ‘blezuð’ to the n. sg. form blessat, probably assuming dittography from blessuð (l. 5). He construes þíns kviðar sómi tignaz, blessat blóm bragna, translating dit moderlivs hæder æres, menneskenes velsignede blomst ‘your womb’s honour is exalted, mankind’s blessed flower’. Kock (Skald) accepts this interpretation without comment and it has been adopted here. Both Rydberg and Attwood 1996a, 309 and 333-4 keep the ms. reading blessuð and construe with blóm (n. pl.), viz. blessuð blóm þíns kviðar; sómi bragna tígnaz ‘blessed [are] the flowers of your womb; the honour of men is glorified’. This reading is possible, but makes for great syntactic fragmentation of ll. 7-8.

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