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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 40VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 40’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 511-12.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa

text and translation

Heil vertu, drottning dýrðar,
dýrt skrín himinstýris,
hátt rann, höfuðborg dróttins,
hertjald konungs aldar.
Þig fann búð og breiða
bygð .................... hæstra manndygða

Heil vertu, drottning dýrðar, dýrt skrín {himinstýris}, hátt rann, höfuðborg dróttins, hertjald {konungs aldar}. Þig fann búð og breiða bygð hæstra manndygða ….
‘Hail to you, queen of glory, precious shrine of the governor of heaven [= God (= Christ)], high house, chief fortress of the Lord, army-tent of the king of men [= God (= Christ)]. [People] found you the booth and spacious dwelling-place of the highest virtues ….

notes and context

The text of st. 40 begins fol. 14v, and the ms. becomes more legible than it was for the previous 4 sts. After l. 6 of this st., however, the remainder of l. 2 of the fol. and the beginning of l. 3 are empty, perhaps to be filled in at a later stage. Thus ll. 7-8 of st. 40 are missing. — [1-4]: The first helmingr lists a number of epithets for the Virgin Mary comparing her to a costly vessel (a shrine) or a building or other habitation. On such images, see Schottmann 1973, 47-56.



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) 40: AII, 471, BII, 504, Skald II, 275, NN §§2983, 3266B; Rydberg 1907, 40, 58, Attwood 1996a, 113-14, 312.


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