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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Mv III 8VII

[5] mær ‘Virgin’: The word is missing in 721 but it is added in the margin in 1032ˣ in lighter ink. There is no open space in 721, but the l. lacks an alliterative stave and a syllable. The word may be a conjecture by ÁM, and it makes the l. unmetrical (three internal rhymes). Mey ‘Virgin’ would be better (so Sperber), but it repeats mey ‘Virgin’ in l. 8.


  1. Internal references
  2. Not published: do not cite (ÍslbIV)
  3. Kirsten Wolf 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Heilagra meyja drápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 891-930.


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