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Anon Mey 38VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 38’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 915.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa
373839

Sæt ‘sweet’

sœtr (adj.): sweet

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segi ‘say’

segja (verb): say, tell

[1] segi: seg 713

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Sikileyjar ‘of Sicily’

Sikiley (noun f.): [Sicily]

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hin ‘the’

2. inn (art.): the

[2] hin: so 713, enn 721

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vænsta ‘most beautiful’

vænn (adj.): beautiful, expected

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í ‘to’

í (prep.): in, into

[3] í porthús: so 713, ‘prochus’ 721

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porthús ‘brothel’

porthús (noun n.): [brothel]

[3] í porthús: so 713, ‘prochus’ 721

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Páskásíus ‘Pascasius’

Páskasíus (noun m.): [Pascasius]

[4] Páskásíus: so 713, Páskálius 721

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Hvergi ‘In no’

2. hvergi (pron.): not, nowhere, neither

notes

[5-6] hvergi ... nökkur ‘in no way’: It is possible that nökkur should be emended to nökkuð (cf. NN §1847).

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nökkur ‘way’

nøkkurr (pron.): some, a certain

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[5-6] hvergi ... nökkur ‘in no way’: It is possible that nökkur should be emended to nökkuð (cf. NN §1847).

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drottins ‘of the Lord’

dróttinn (noun m.; °dróttins, dat. dróttni (drottini [$1049$]); dróttnar): lord, master

kennings

kæru drottins;
‘the woman of the Lord; ’
   = HOLY WOMAN

the woman of the Lord; → HOLY WOMAN
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kæru ‘the woman’

1. kæra (noun f.; °-u; -ur): wife, woman

kennings

kæru drottins;
‘the woman of the Lord; ’
   = HOLY WOMAN

the woman of the Lord; → HOLY WOMAN
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sterkum ‘strong’

sterkr (adj.): strong

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frúna ‘the lady’

frú (noun f.): lady

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sveigja ‘budge’

sveigja (verb): bend

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Stanzas 38-9 celebrate S. Lucy of Sicily, while sts 40-1 refer to S. Lucy of Rome, who does not seem to have been venerated in Iceland. There are two fragments of a C14th saga of S. Lucy of Sicily (Unger 1877, I, 433-6; Foote 1962, 26; Widding, Bekker-Nielsen and Shook 1963, 319; Wolf 2003, 148-51, 177-8), and relatively weak evidence of her cult before c. 1200 (Cormack 1994, 118-19). Lucy’s story is that she rejected her pagan suitor Pascasius, who denounced her as a Christian. She was miraculously saved from a brothel and from death by fire. She was finally killed by a sword thrust through her throat. — [5-8]: These ll. follow the general story line of the prose saga (Unger 1877, I, 435; Wolf 2003, 150), though in a rather cryptic fashion. When men tried to take Lucy to a brothel, it was found that she could not be moved. Sorcerers were called in to try and move her by magic, but they failed. She was then drenched in urine to counter any magical powers that she might have been using herself, to no effect. Finally, a team of oxen was brought in to move her but they also failed.

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