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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Líkn 12VII

[1] frá mey mæztri ‘from a most precious maiden’: The dat. of mær is usually meyju (acc. mey), truncated here for metrical reasons. The non-superlative form of the adj. is used of Mary in Lil 24/5-6 meyju mætri and the late medieval Gimsteinn 12/1 (also of Nativity) af meyju mætri (ÍM I.2, 307).


  1. Bibliography
  2. ÍM = Jón Helgason, ed. 1936-8. Íslenzk miðaldarkvæði: Islandske digte fra senmiddelalderen. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Munksgaard.
  3. Internal references
  4. Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 24’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 590-1.


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