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Anon Mv I 21VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 21’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 693-4.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I
202122

text and translation

Öld af fjandskap fyldiz
fljótt, er sýndi dróttinn
vægð, og virðar sögðu
villir sín á milli:
‘Eldsneyti hafa ýtar
oflítið gjört rítar,
því hefir minst in mjóva
mengrund af kvöl brunnið.’

Öld fyldiz fljótt af fjandskap, er dróttinn sýndi vægð, og villir virðar sögðu á milli sín: ‘{Ýtar rítar} hafa gjört oflítið eldsneyti, því hefir {in mjóva mengrund} brunnið minst af kvöl.’
 
‘People were quickly filled with animosity when the Lord showed mercy, and erring men said among themselves: ‘The impellers of the shield [WARRIORS] have prepared too little firewood, therefore the slender necklace-ground [WOMAN] has burned the least with torment.’

notes and context

The corresponding passages in Mar (1871, 278, 1203) read as follows: heldr segia þeir sva litit elldzneytið orðit hafa, at konan møtti eigi brenna ‘rather, they say that the firewood had been so scant that the woman could not burn’; helldr segia þeir, at elldrinn var oflitill ‘rather, they say that the fire was far too small’. See also Schottmann (1973, 363).

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editions and texts

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 4]. Et digt om Marias jærtegn 21: AII, 490, BII, 530, Skald II, 291, NN §2764; Kahle 1898, 35, Sperber 1911, 6, 60, Wrightson 2001, 50.

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