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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 12VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 12’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 688.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I

Frændr af frúinnar grandi
fregna mannsins vegna;
fljóðið fult af stríði
fanga þeir með angri.
Kvöl var silki-Sólu
sett að dómi riettum;
brátt skal bálið heita
brenna líkama hennar.

Frændr mannsins vegna fregna af grandi frúinnar; með angri fanga þeir fljóðið, fult af stríði. Kvöl var sett {silki-Sólu} að riettum dómi; brátt skal bálið heita brenna líkama hennar.

The relatives of the slain man learn about the lady’s atrocity; with grief they capture the woman, filled with sorrow. Torment was stipulated {for the silk-Sól <goddess>} [WOMAN] according to correct judgement; soon the hot fire must burn her body.

Mss: 721(13r), 1032ˣ(86v)

Readings: [1] Frændr: so 1032ˣ, ‘Fr[...]dr’ 721    [3] fult: so 1032ˣ, ‘fu[...]’ 721;    af: so 1032ˣ, ‘a[...]’ 721    [7] brátt: ‘[...]tt’ 721, ‘...rt’ 1032ˣ

Editions: Skj AII, 489, Skj BII, 528, Skald II, 290, NN §1684; Kahle 1898, 33, 98, Sperber 1911, 3-4, 58, Wrightson 2001, 45.

Notes: [4] með angri ‘with grief’: This prepositional phrase could also go with the first cl. — [7] brátt ‘soon’: The first three letters are torn off in 721. The <b> is ensured by the alliteration.


  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. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  5. Wrightson, Kellinde, ed. 2001. Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Verse on the Virgin Mary: Drápa af Maríugrát, Vitnisvísur af Maríu, Maríuvísur I-III. Viking Society for Northern Research Text Series 14. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  6. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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