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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Vitn 3VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 3’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 742.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu

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Rieð í ríki góðu
— ritning berr svá vitni —
kóngr, sá átti unga,
óttlauss, framadóttur.
ðiz upp með Fríði
falds á bernskualdri
svinnr í sögðu ríki
sveinn af kynslóð hreinni.

Óttlauss kóngr, sá átti unga framadóttur, rieð í góðu ríki; ritning berr svá vitni. Svinnr sveinn af hreinni kynslóð fæðiz upp á bernskualdri með {Fríði falds} í sögðu ríki.
‘A fearless king who had a young, outstanding daughter, ruled in a good realm; writing bears witness to that. A clever boy of pure lineage grows up in childhood with the Fríðr <goddess> of the head-dress [WOMAN] in the said realm.

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Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 3]. Vitnisvísur af Maríu 3: AII, 483, BII, 520, Skald II, 285; Kahle 1898, 50, Sperber 1911, 23, 70, Wrightson 2001, 28.


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