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Note to Anon Mdr 30VII

[2] : A space some 2.5 cm wide has been left in the ms., presumably since this word could be supplied from a different exemplar, as appears to have happened with st. 13/8 at 13v/44. The missing word has not been supplied here, however. The alliteration requires initial <h>. Kock (NN §1655) suggests reconstruction to hvarnýt (adj.) ‘ever-new’ or more likely ‘ever-gracious’, construing Heil, guðs háleit móðir, hvarnýt stjarna sjóvar ‘Hail, God’s glorious mother, ever-gracious star of the sea’. The Lat. requires a straightforward stjarna sjóvar here, so any addition is an expansion of the original. Rydberg reconstructs to hjartna gen. pl. ‘of hearts’, construing hjartna mildi stýrir er merkt jafnan því nafni ‘the merciful regulator of hearts is always designated by that name’.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.

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