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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 61VII l. 1

blíðr — gentle


blíðr (adj.; °n. sg. nom. & acc. blítt/blíðt; compar. -ari, superl. -astr): gentle, happy



[1] blíðr ‘blessed’: The m. nom. sg. of the adj. blíðr ‘blessed, happy’, which could be construed as qualifying either brjótr (l. 2) or hǫfðingi snóta ‘chief of women’ (l. 2). It is most plausibly regarded as part of the kenning-like periphrasis for the Virgin Mary, probably modelled on Lat. regina virginum ‘queen of virgins’ (cf. Paasche 1914a, 115; Lange 1958a, 224). Cf. konungr vífa lit. ‘king of women’, Mdr 5/2.



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