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Anon Mdr 6VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 483-4.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa
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Máríu ‘Mary’

María (noun f.): Mary

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öll ‘The entire’

allr (adj.): all

kennings

Öll hjörð hirðar …
‘The entire flock of the court … ’
   = ANGELS

the court … → ?
The entire flock of the ? → ANGELS
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‘…’

(non-lexical)

[3] …: ‘[...]’ B, ‘allh[...]’ 399a‑bˣ

kennings

Öll hjörð hirðar …
‘The entire flock of the court … ’
   = ANGELS

the court … → ?
The entire flock of the ? → ANGELS

notes

[3] : B is defective at this point. Rydberg (1907, 33 n. 2) notes that the text is badly damaged, and interprets the remains as traces of an initial h and a nasal stroke. He suggests reconstruction to himna ‘of the heavens’. This reconstruction was adopted by Finnur Jónsson (Skj B), giving the heaven-kenning hirð himna ‘court of the heavens’, which produces a very acceptable angel-kenning öll hjǫrð hirðar himna ‘the entire flock of the court of the heavens’. Kock adopts this reconstruction without comment.

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‘…’

(non-lexical)

[3] …: ‘[...]’ B, ‘allh[...]’ 399a‑bˣ

kennings

Öll hjörð hirðar …
‘The entire flock of the court … ’
   = ANGELS

the court … → ?
The entire flock of the ? → ANGELS

notes

[3] : B is defective at this point. Rydberg (1907, 33 n. 2) notes that the text is badly damaged, and interprets the remains as traces of an initial h and a nasal stroke. He suggests reconstruction to himna ‘of the heavens’. This reconstruction was adopted by Finnur Jónsson (Skj B), giving the heaven-kenning hirð himna ‘court of the heavens’, which produces a very acceptable angel-kenning öll hjǫrð hirðar himna ‘the entire flock of the court of the heavens’. Kock adopts this reconstruction without comment.

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hirðar ‘of the court’

hirð (noun f.; °-ar; -ir/-ar(FskB— 53‡)): retinue

kennings

Öll hjörð hirðar …
‘The entire flock of the court … ’
   = ANGELS

the court … → ?
The entire flock of the ? → ANGELS
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hirðar ‘of the court’

hirð (noun f.; °-ar; -ir/-ar(FskB— 53‡)): retinue

kennings

Öll hjörð hirðar …
‘The entire flock of the court … ’
   = ANGELS

the court … → ?
The entire flock of the ? → ANGELS
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hjörð ‘flock’

hjǫrð (noun f.; °hjarðar, dat. -/-u; hjarðir/hjarðar): herd

kennings

Öll hjörð hirðar …
‘The entire flock of the court … ’
   = ANGELS

the court … → ?
The entire flock of the ? → ANGELS
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fólk ‘people’

folk (noun n.): people

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blessuð ‘blessed’

blessa (verb): bless

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móðir ‘mother’

móðir (noun f.): mother

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blóm ‘the flower’

blóm (noun n.; °-s; -): flower

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[6-8] blóm gjörvallra heilagra dóma ‘the flower of all holy judgements’: A kenning-like periphrasis for the Virgin Mary, comparing her to a flower, and coupling this base-word with an abstract determinant, dómr ‘judgement’. On this type of expression, which probably echoes the Lat. flosculus sanctitatis ‘ornament of holiness’, see Schottmann 1973, 24. Kock (NN §2670) prefers a rather more interpretative translation blomman (kronen) bland alla heligheter ‘the flower (crown) among all holy things’.

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heilagra ‘holy’

heilagr (adj.; °helgan; compar. -ari, superl. -astr): holy, sacred

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[6-8] blóm gjörvallra heilagra dóma ‘the flower of all holy judgements’: A kenning-like periphrasis for the Virgin Mary, comparing her to a flower, and coupling this base-word with an abstract determinant, dómr ‘judgement’. On this type of expression, which probably echoes the Lat. flosculus sanctitatis ‘ornament of holiness’, see Schottmann 1973, 24. Kock (NN §2670) prefers a rather more interpretative translation blomman (kronen) bland alla heligheter ‘the flower (crown) among all holy things’.

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dóma ‘judgements’

dómr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -i; -ar): judgement; court; -dom, -ness (suffix)

notes

[6-8] blóm gjörvallra heilagra dóma ‘the flower of all holy judgements’: A kenning-like periphrasis for the Virgin Mary, comparing her to a flower, and coupling this base-word with an abstract determinant, dómr ‘judgement’. On this type of expression, which probably echoes the Lat. flosculus sanctitatis ‘ornament of holiness’, see Schottmann 1973, 24. Kock (NN §2670) prefers a rather more interpretative translation blomman (kronen) bland alla heligheter ‘the flower (crown) among all holy things’.

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himna ‘of the heavens’

himinn (noun m.; °himins, dat. himni; himnar): heaven, sky

[7] himna guð: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘h[...]mna[...]’ B

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guð ‘the God’

1. guð (noun m.; °***guðrs, guðis, gus): (Christian) God

[7] himna guð: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘h[...]mna[...]’ B

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gjörvallra ‘of all’

gǫrvallr (adj.): everything

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[6-8] blóm gjörvallra heilagra dóma ‘the flower of all holy judgements’: A kenning-like periphrasis for the Virgin Mary, comparing her to a flower, and coupling this base-word with an abstract determinant, dómr ‘judgement’. On this type of expression, which probably echoes the Lat. flosculus sanctitatis ‘ornament of holiness’, see Schottmann 1973, 24. Kock (NN §2670) prefers a rather more interpretative translation blomman (kronen) bland alla heligheter ‘the flower (crown) among all holy things’.

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kallaz ‘be called’

kalla (verb): call

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[5-8]: This helmingr represents the first occurrence of the second of Mdr’s three refrains. The helmingr is written out in full and is marked by an obelos in the left-hand margin. This stef is repeated in sts 15 and 24, where it is abbreviated in B (13v, 47; 14r, 12).

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