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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur II, 8 [Vol. 7, 707]

[3, 4] fegin af því ‘happy because of that’: The sense is that most women are happy because they bear children. Skj B takes the prepositional phrase af því ‘because of that’ as the conj. ‘because’, which is not possible. Skald construes fegin ‘happy’ with hver kvón ‘every woman’ (l. 2), and treats flest víf frjóvaz af því (l. 3) as one cl. (‘most women become fertile from that’ (?); see NN §1694), which is unclear. Wrightson translates the cl. as ‘most wives are joyfully fruitful because of that’, with the alternative translations ‘because most joyful women conceive’ or ‘most joyful women conceive as a result of that (i.e. of being married)’.


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