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Anon Mv I 9VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 9’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 685.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I
8910

text and translation

Drepa liet brúðrin bráða
— bráð varð snót í ráðum —
mann saklausan sinnar
sótt af lífi dóttur.
Glóð-Nanna fekk græðis
grát af bóndaláti,
en mæðandi móðir
mein af sögðum greinum.

Sótt brúðrin bráða liet drepa saklausan mann dóttur sinnar af lífi; snót varð bráð í ráðum. {{Græðis glóð}-Nanna} fekk grát af bóndaláti, en móðir mæðandi mein af sögðum greinum.
 
‘The accused, impetuous woman caused the blameless husband of her daughter to lose his life [lit. to be struck from life]; the lady became impetuous in her counsels. The Nanna <goddess> of the glow of the sea [(lit. ‘the glow-Nanna of the sea’) GOLD > WOMAN] got grief [lit. weeping] from the husband’s death, and the mother oppressing harm for the said reasons.

notes and context

The first version of the miracle in Mar (277) merely informs us that the woman hired two boys to kill the man secretly. The second version (Mar 1202) goes into more detail: The woman hires the two boys for twenty shillings, they strangle the man in the basement of the house and then carry him up to his bedroom to give the impression that he had died of natural causes.

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editions and texts

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 4]. Et digt om Marias jærtegn 9: AII, 488, BII, 528, Skald II, 289, NN §1682; Kahle 1898, 33, 97, Sperber 1911, 3, 57, Wrightson 2001, 44.

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