Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 23VII l. 1

mildra — of merciful


mildr (adj.; °compar. -ri/-ari, superl. -astr): mild, gentle, gracious, generous



[1-2] mildust mildra meyja ‘most merciful of merciful maidens’: The 399a-bˣ copyist corrects B’s reading mey acc. sing. to gen. pl. meyja. This correction has been adopted by all subsequent eds. The phrase is a calque on the Marian commonplace virgo virginum ‘virgin of virgins’. Both Skj and Skald reverse mildra meyja to meyja mildra.



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