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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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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

Fagnaðu, mildi megnuð
móðir alls ins góða;
sonr þinn sínum mönnum
setr öllum þig betri.
Þinn brár hljómr á himnum
hljóð yfir allar þjóðar;
frumtígnuð, mátt fagna,
frú mín, lofi þínu.

Fagnaðu, móðir alls ins góða, megnuð mildi; sonr þinn setr þig betri öllum mönnum sínum. Hljómr þinn brár á himnum, hljóð yfir allar þjóðar; frumtígnuð frú mín, mátt fagna lofi þínu.

Rejoice, mother of everything good, strengthened with mercy; your son places you above all his men. Your sound shines in the heavens, your tune over all peoples; my lady, foremost in honour, you can rejoice in your praise.

Mss: B(14r), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [3] sonr: son B    [5] brár: ‘bra[...]’ B, bráṛ 399a‑bˣ;    hljómr: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘h[...]mr’ B    [7] frumtígnuð: ‘fram [...]ignuð’ B, ‘fram tignið’ 399a‑bˣ

Editions: Skj AII, 467-8, Skj BII, 501, Skald II, 273, NN §§1647, 3350; Rydberg 1907, 36, 55, Attwood 1996a, 107, 308.

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


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Attwood, Katrina. 1996a. ‘The Poems of MS AM 757a 4to: An Edition and Contextual Study’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Leeds.
  5. Rydberg, Hugo, ed. 1907. ‘Die geistlichen Drápur und Dróttkvættfragmente des Cod. AM 757 4to.’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Lund. Copenhagen: Møller.
  6. Internal references
  7. Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 33’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 601-2.

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