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Anon Mdr 20VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 20’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 495-6.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa
192021

megnuð ‘strengthened’

megna (verb): strengthen

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móðir ‘mother’

móðir (noun f.): mother

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alls ‘of everything’

allr (adj.): all

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góða ‘good’

góðr (adj.): good

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öllum ‘all’

allr (adj.): all

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brár ‘shines’

2. brá (verb; °?præs. sg. bráir): [shines]

[5] brár: ‘bra[...]’ B, bráṛ 399a‑bˣ

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[5] brár ‘shines’: An uncommon verb, cf. LP: brá(a), which does not cite this example. The only other recorded instance in skaldic verse is Lil 33/4 geislinn brár (for bráir), of a sunbeam shining through glass, a type of the Incarnation. See Note ad loc. Both hljómr (l. 5) and hljóð (l. 6) have a basic sense of ‘sound, tune’, but presumably a secondary sense here of ‘reputation, praise’ (in the form of hymns).

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hljómr ‘sound’

hljómr (noun m.; °dat. -i): sound

[5] hljómr: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘h[...]mr’ B

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allar ‘all’

allr (adj.): all

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frum ‘foremost’

frumr (adj.): supreme < frumtígnaðr (adj.)

[7] frumtígnuð: ‘fram [...]ignuð’ B, ‘fram tignið’ 399a‑bˣ

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[7] frumtígnuð ‘foremost in honour’: Jón Sigurðsson’s emendation, suggested in a n. to 444ˣ, is adopted by all subsequent eds.

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tígnuð ‘in honour’

tígna (verb): honour < frumtígnaðr (adj.)

[7] frumtígnuð: ‘fram [...]ignuð’ B, ‘fram tignið’ 399a‑bˣ

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[7] frumtígnuð ‘foremost in honour’: Jón Sigurðsson’s emendation, suggested in a n. to 444ˣ, is adopted by all subsequent eds.

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mátt ‘you can’

mega (verb): may, might

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This st., on the Coronation of the Virgin, completes the poet’s allusion to her five joys. However, he seems not to have modelled himself here on a verse from Gaude virgo gratiosa.

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