Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur II, 10 [Vol. 7, 708-9]

[4] kviðuð eftir sið lands ‘pregnant according to the custom of the country’: This must refer to the fact that the woman became pregnant by her husband and not by immaculate conception. According to ON tradition, Mary herself was not born as the result of immaculate conception. Cf. Mar (1871, 6): Ok var þat barn getit með hinni gömlu synd sem hvert annat, þat er af karlmanni ok konu gezt ‘And that child was conceived with the old sin just like every other [child] that issues from a man and a woman’. For a discussion of the controversy surrounding the conception of Mary, see Wolf 2001, xvi-xix, xxii.


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