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7. Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I, 29 [Vol. 7, 699-700]

[4] alhróðigs (m. gen. sg.) ‘of all-glorious’: The reading alhróðigri (f. dat. sg.) ‘for the glorious’ is unmetrical, because it renders the l. heptasyllabic. The present edn follows NN §2870. Skj B emends to alhróðigr (m. nom. sg.), which is taken as an adj. referring to the poet. Wrightson retains alhróðgri which is construed with móður ‘mother’ (both taken as f. dat. sg.). According to that interpretation, the phrase reads eina jartegn alhróðigri móður guðs (ll. 3-4) ‘a miracle performed by you the entirely triumphant mother of God’. That dat. construction is difficult to account for in terms of grammar, and the l. is still unmetrical.


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