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Anon Mv I 26VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 697.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I
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Hrings ‘of the ring’

1. hringr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -; -ar): ring; sword

kennings

Hlín hrings
‘The Hlín of the ring ’
   = WOMAN

The Hlín of the ring → WOMAN
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nam ‘proceeded’

1. nema (verb): to take

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Hlín ‘The Hlín’

Hlín (noun f.): Hlín

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Hlín hrings
‘The Hlín of the ring ’
   = WOMAN

The Hlín of the ring → WOMAN
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þakkar ‘she thanks’

1. þakka (verb): thank

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líf ‘for her life’

líf (noun n.; °-s; -): life

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lukku ‘luck’

lukka (noun f.; °-u): luck

notes

[3] lukku (f. acc. sg.) ‘luck’: This is a late loanword from MLG (ge)lucke ‘luck’ (see AEW: lukka).

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lút ‘kneeling [lit. stooped]’

lútr (adj.; °compar. -ari): bent, bowed

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þreyjandi ‘yearning’

þreyja (verb): yearn

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meyju ‘the Virgin’

mær (noun f.; °meyjar, dat. meyju; meyjar): maiden

[4] meyju: meyja 721

notes

[4] meyju (f. dat. sg.) ‘the Virgin’: Meyja (f. nom. sg.) ‘the maiden’ (so 721) could only be construed as the subject of the verb þakkar ‘thanks’ (l. 3): ‘the kneeling, yearning maiden gave thanks for her life and luck’. However, the ms. reading appears to be a lectio facilior (the noun is preceded by two adjs in the f. nom. sg.).

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Skrifa ‘written’

skrifa (verb): write

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baugs ‘of the ring’

baugr (noun m.; °dat. -i/-; -ar): ring

kennings

Brík baugs
‘The plank of the ring ’
   = WOMAN

The plank of the ring → WOMAN
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brík ‘The plank’

brík (noun f.; °-ar; -r): plank

kennings

Brík baugs
‘The plank of the ring ’
   = WOMAN

The plank of the ring → WOMAN
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slíkar ‘such’

2. slíkr (adj.): such

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‘so that’

4. at (conj.): that

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Máríe ‘Mary’

María (noun f.): Mary

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margfaldi ‘may multiply’

margfalda (verb): manifold

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