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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 22VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 22’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 694.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I

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Enn gjörðu þeir annan
eld af harmi sveldir,
hyrjar, miklu meira,
mein bjóðandi fljóði.
Svá var æsilig eisa
elds, að hringa þellu
bandið hvert af brúði
brennr, en fjötrar renna.

Enn gjörðu þeir annan miklu meira eld, sveldir af harmi, bjóðandi fljóði mein hyrjar. Svá æsilig var eisa elds, að hvert bandið {þellu hringa} brennr af brúði, en fjötrar renna.
‘Again they made another, much larger fire, bloated with anger, offering the woman harm from the burning. So furious was the glow of the fire, that every band of the fir of rings [WOMAN] burns off the lady, and the fetters melt.

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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. 4]. Et digt om Marias jærtegn 22: AII, 490, BII, 531, Skald II, 291, NN §§1688, 1689, 2866; Kahle 1898, 35-6, 98, Sperber 1911, 6, 60, Wrightson 2001, 50.


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