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Note to Gamlkan Has 61VII

[1] blíðr ‘blessed’: The m. nom. sg. of the adj. blíðr ‘blessed, happy’, which could be construed as qualifying either brjótr (l. 2) or hǫfðingi snóta ‘chief of women’ (l. 2). It is most plausibly regarded as part of the kenning-like periphrasis for the Virgin Mary, probably modelled on Lat. regina virginum ‘queen of virgins’ (cf. Paasche 1914a, 115; Lange 1958a, 224). Cf. konungr vífa lit. ‘king of women’, Mdr 5/2.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Lange, Wolfgang. 1958a. Studien zur christlichen Dichtung der Nordgermanen 1000-1200. Palaestra 222. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
  3. Paasche, Fredrik. 1914. Kristendom og kvad: En studie i norrøn middelalder. Christiania (Oslo): Aschehoug. Rpt. in Paasche 1948, 29-212.
  4. Internal references
  5. Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 5’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 482-3.


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