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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 21 May 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, 681-2

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4 — Anon Mv I 4VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 681-2.

Áðr var eiginbrúðar
andaðr í því landi
(átti hun eina dóttur)
unnandi (vel kunna).
Hennar bað með heiðri
heiðursmaðr, og greiðiz
mundrinn; fyldiz frændum
frægð, en tókuz mægðir.

Áðr var unnandi eiginbrúðar andaðr í því landi; hun átti eina dóttur, vel kunna. Heiðursmaðr bað hennar með heiðri, og mundrinn greiðiz; frægð fyldiz frændum, en mægðir tókuz.

Earlier the husband [lit. lover] of the wife had died in that land; she had one daughter, well accomplished. A man of honour asked for her hand with honour, and the dowry is paid; fame was achieved for the relatives, and the kinship by marriage was established.

Mss: 721(12v)

Readings: [1] eigin‑: ægir 721

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 4]. Et digt om Marias jærtegn 4: AII, 488, BII, 526-7, Skald II, 289; Kahle 1898, 32, 97, Sperber 1911, 2, 56, Wrightson 2001, 41.

Notes: [1, 4] unnandi eiginbrúðar ‘the husband [lit. lover] of the wife’: I.e. ‘husband’. The ms. reading ægir (m. nom. sg.) ‘terror’ or ‘ocean’ (l. 1), makes no sense in this context and must be a scribal error. Sperber suggests ægir auðs brúðar ‘the terror of wealth of the woman’ i.e. ‘the man of the woman’. Skj B emends to eiginn unnandi brúðar, lit. ‘the own lover of the wife’. The present reading follows Skald, and the word eiginbrúðr ‘wife’ also occurs in Anon Pl 17/7. See also Note to Vitn 13/5-8. — [3] hun ‘she’: The pron. is extrametrical. — [8] mægðir ‘kinship by marriage’: Lit. ‘relationships’. Mægð means ‘relationship brought about by marriage’, here looking forward to that between the woman and her son-in-law.

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