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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 23VII/6 — dróttins ‘of the Lord’

Máttr var móður dróttins
mjög ríkr um frú slíka
sýndr með sætleik reyndum
sveit í loganum heita.
Þann gaf þessi kvinnu
þrótt óskamey dróttins;
hosk sat Bil í báli
baugstalls um dag allan.

Mjög ríkr máttr móður dróttins var sýndr sveit með reyndum sætleik um slíka frú í loganum heita. Óskamey dróttins gaf þann þrótt þessi kvinnu; hosk Bil baugstalls sat í báli um allan dag.

The very mighty power of the mother of the Lord [= Mary] was revealed to the crowd with proven kindness concerning that lady in the hot flame. The wish-maiden of the Lord [= Mary] gave that fortitude to this woman; the wise Bil <goddess> of the ring-seat [ARM > WOMAN] remained in the fire all day.


[6] óskamey dróttins ‘the wish-maiden of the Lord [= Mary]’: For terms of this type, see Schottmann (1973, 95).




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