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Anon Mv I 7VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 7’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 683.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I
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Hier ‘here’

hér (adv.): here

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það ‘which’

þat (conj.): that

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[1] það ‘which’: For the omission of the rel. part. er see NS §261. Earlier eds (with the exception of Kahle) construe the clauses as follows: Hér kom, þat orð ‘It happened, that (the woman finally) heard that rumour’. However, koma used impersonally with the meaning ‘happen, occur’ is always followed by a that- or a when-cl. (see Fritzner: koma 8.).

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heyrði ‘heard’

2. heyra (verb): hear

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hús ‘house’

hús (noun n.; °-s; -): house < hústrú (noun f.)

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[2] hústrú ‘housewife’: Most earlier eds silently emend to húsfrú ‘housewife’. Because both forms of the word are attested (see Fritzner: húsfreyja) the emendation is unwarranted, even though húsfrú ‘housewife’ occurs in st. 8 below.

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trú ‘wife’

trú (noun f.; °-ar): faith, belief < hústrú (noun f.)

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[2] hústrú ‘housewife’: Most earlier eds silently emend to húsfrú ‘housewife’. Because both forms of the word are attested (see Fritzner: húsfreyja) the emendation is unwarranted, even though húsfrú ‘housewife’ occurs in st. 8 below.

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þá ‘then’

2. þá (adv.): then

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[3] þá ‘then’: Skj B and Skald emend to þó ‘nonetheless, yet’.

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saklaus ‘innocent’

saklauss (adj.): innocent, without cause

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[4] saklaus (f. nom. sg.) ‘innocent’: We should have expected the acc. form in the acc. inf. construction skildi sig vera ‘knew herself to be’, but in learned style, nom. may occur (see NS §217c, Anm. 1). Because sprakki ‘lady, woman’ is m., Kock (Skald; NN §3359; so also Wrightson) emends to saklauss (m. nom. sg.). The present edn retains the ms. reading, assuming that the f. form refers to the gender of the woman rather than to the gender of the noun (so also Mv II 12/5). The corresponding place in Mar (1871, 1202) reads as follows: sem hun vissi sik fullkomit saklausa ‘because she knew herself to be completely innocent’. For Lat. parallels, see Schottmann (1973, 363).

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ríkrar ‘of the powerful’

ríkr (adj.): mighty, powerful, rich

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manna ‘of all men’

maðr (noun m.): man, person

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vestrar ‘for the worst’

verri (adj. comp.): worse, worst

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