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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I, 24 [Vol. 7, 695-6]

[8] óbrunnin ‘unburned’: This adj. could also go with the first cl. in this helmingr (so earlier eds). Mar (1871, 278, 1204) provides the following parallels: at þvi siðr grandaði elldrinn hennar likama, at hvergi rann a hennar kløði eða hár ‘that so little did the fire harm her body that neither her clothes nor her hair were touched’; [þ]essi fyrr sogd kona geck suo brott or elldinum, ok eigi at eins var oskaddr og heill hennar likamr, helldr ok var obrunnin klædi og hꜳr ‘this aforementioned woman walked out of the fire thus, and not only was her body unharmed and healthy, but the clothes and hair were unburned’. See also Schottmann (1973, 363).


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