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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 2VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 480.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa

text and translation

Sendi son frá böndum
sinn með lausn að vinna
dauðans þeingill þjóðir,
þeyranns í kvið meyjar.
Þeim bjó sú við sóma
snotr mær friðar stæri
víst heimili og hæstum
höfuðstað frömum jöfri.

{Þeingill {þeyranns}} sendi son sinn í kvið meyjar að vinna þjóðir með lausn frá böndum dauðans. Sú snotr mær bjó við sóma {þeim stæri friðar} víst heimili og hæstum frömum jöfri höfuðstað.
‘The king of the thawing wind-house [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] sent his son into the womb of a maiden to win people by means of redemption from the bonds of death. That wise maiden honourably provided the augmenter of peace [= God (= Christ)] with a sure home and the highest, foremost prince with a chief place.

notes and context

Having begun by establishing the Virgin Mary as the high-seat of the Trinity (1/2-4), the poet now turns to celebrate the Incarnation of Christ.



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. 1]. En drape om jomfru Maria (Máríudrápa) 2: AII, 464, BII, 497, Skald II, 271; Konráð Gíslason 1860, 555, Rydberg 1907, 32, 53, Attwood 1996a, 102, 303.


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