Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur II, 3 [Vol. 7, 703-4]

[8] milli þess ‘between them’: The phrase is difficult to interpret (see Sperber). We might have expected the pron. to be in the pl. (milli þeira ‘between them’). Þess (n. gen. sg.) lit. ‘of it’ could refer to each member of the couple (cf. hvárt n. nom. sg. ‘the other’, l. 8), and n. is used because of the ‘mixed gender’ (see above). The sense of this last cl. is that there was such affection between them that they never opposed one another’s wishes. For láta í mot lit. ‘oppose’ (l. 7) see Fritzner: láta í mót.


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