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Anon Heil 18VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra manna drápa 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 885.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra manna drápa

Byskup* ‘the bishop’

1. byskup (noun m.; °-s/-(cf. [$489$]), dat. -i/-; -ar): bishop

[1] Byskup*: Byskupi 720a VI, Byskups 399a‑bˣ


þiggja ‘accepted’

þiggja (verb): receive, get


og ‘and’

3. ok (conj.): and, but; also


[4] og ‘and’: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) and Kock (Skald) omit the word; see, however, NN §1767.


hæstum ‘to the highest’

3. hár (adj.; °-van; compar. hǽrri, superl. hǽstr): high

[4] hæstum: hæstan 720a VI, 399a‑bˣ


gaf ‘gave’

gefa (verb): give

[4] gaf: ‘g[...]’ 720a VI, með 399a‑bˣ


[4] gaf ‘gave’: The emendation is uncertain; in 720a VI there seem to be two letters following ‘sig’ that are no longer visible.


jafnan ‘still’

jafnan (adv.): always


birtaz ‘are revealed’

2. birta (verb; °-rt-): reveal


hefir ‘has’

hafa (verb): have


ótal ‘of a countless number of’

ótal (noun n.): countless


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[5-8]: At least one example of a pilgrimage to a local shrine of Blaise, at Breiðholt, near Reykjavík, is mentioned in Þorláks saga (Jón Helgason 1978, 373), in which a man who had lost the power of speech vowed to give some oil to the saint (c. 1325).


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