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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 17VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 728-9.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

text and translation

Koma fyrir Krist dóm
kvalarar, sem gieta skal;
akta þeir uppkveikt
ógurliga nýtt róg.
Árar kváðu almbör
jafnan styggja guðs nafn;
sárar geingu sakir nær;
sögðu þeir hans brögð.

Kvalarar koma fyrir dóm Krist, sem skal gieta; þeir akta uppkveikt, nýtt róg ógurliga. Árar kváðu {almbör} jafnan styggja nafn guðs; sárar sakir geingu nær; þeir sögðu brögð hans.
‘The tormentors come before the judgement of Christ, as will be told; they present an inflamed, new accusation frighteningly. The messengers said that the elm-bow tree [WARRIOR] always offended against the name of God; the bitter charges cut deeply [lit. went near]; they told of his actions.

notes and context

The corresponding passage in Mar (1871, 606) reads as follows: Nu sem þau framm koma fyrir hinn eilifa domara, taka þegar dioflarnir ath asaka klerkinn ok bera framm marghattadar hans illgiordir ‘Now as they arrive before the eternal judge, the devils at once begin to accuse the cleric and present a great variety of his evil deeds’.


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. 6]. Et digt om et tredje Maria-jærtegn 17: AII, 498, BII, 542, Skald II, 297; Kahle 1898, 46, 101, Sperber 1911, 19, 66, Wrightson 2001, 75.


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