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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Máríuvísur I (Mv I) - 29

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Máríuvísur I (‘Vísur about Mary I’) — Anon Mv IVII

Kari Ellen Gade 2007, ‘ Anonymous, Máríuvísur I’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 678-700. <> (accessed 2 July 2022)

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 4]. Et digt om Marias jærtegn, Máríuvísur I (AII, 487-92, BII, 526-32)

SkP info: VII, 693-4

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21 — Anon Mv I 21VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 21’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 693-4.

Öld af fjandskap fyldiz
fljótt, er sýndi dróttinn
vægð, og virðar sögðu
villir sín á milli:
‘Eldsneyti hafa ýtar
oflítið gjört rítar,
því hefir minst in mjóva
mengrund af kvöl brunnið.’

Öld fyldiz fljótt af fjandskap, er dróttinn sýndi vægð, og villir virðar sögðu á milli sín: ‘{Ýtar rítar} hafa gjört oflítið eldsneyti, því hefir {in mjóva mengrund} brunnið minst af kvöl.’

People were quickly filled with animosity when the Lord showed mercy, and erring men said among themselves: ‘{The impellers of the shield} [WARRIORS] have prepared too little firewood, therefore {the slender necklace-ground} [WOMAN] has burned the least with torment.’

Mss: 721(13r)

Readings: [6] rítar: rítri 721    [8] ‑grund: ‘grvd’ 721

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 4]. Et digt om Marias jærtegn 21: AII, 490, BII, 530, Skald II, 291, NN §2764; Kahle 1898, 35, Sperber 1911, 6, 60, Wrightson 2001, 50.

Notes: [All]: The corresponding passages in Mar (1871, 278, 1203) read as follows: heldr segia þeir sva litit elldzneytið orðit hafa, at konan møtti eigi brenna ‘rather, they say that the firewood had been so scant that the woman could not burn’; helldr segia þeir, at elldrinn var oflitill ‘rather, they say that the fire was far too small’. See also Schottmann (1973, 363). — [5, 6] ýtar rítar ‘the impellers of the shield [WARRIORS]’: ‘rítri’ (so 721) is not an ON word. The form has been emended to rítar (f. gen. sg.) ‘of the shield’ to provide a determinant for ýtar ‘impellers, pushers’ in keeping with other eds. For rítar ‘of the shield’ as a determinant in a kenning for ‘man’, see Mv III 4/1. Otherwise, ýtar in itself can mean ‘men’ in general. — [8] mengrund ‘necklace-ground [WOMAN]’: No nasal stroke is visible over the <v> in 721. Note that the internal rhyme is imperfect (-und : -unn-), which could indicate an approximation in the pronunciation of the two consonant clusters (see NN §2764).

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