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Anon Mv I 4VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 681-2.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I
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eigin ‘’

1. eigin (noun n.; °-s): property; seed < eiginbrúðr (noun f.)

[1] eigin‑: ægir 721

notes

[1, 4] unnandi eiginbrúðar ‘the husband [lit. lover] of the wife’: I.e. ‘husband’. The ms. reading ægir (m. nom. sg.) ‘terror’ or ‘ocean’ (l. 1), makes no sense in this context and must be a scribal error. Sperber suggests ægir auðs brúðar ‘the terror of wealth of the woman’ i.e. ‘the man of the woman’. Skj B emends to eiginn unnandi brúðar, lit. ‘the own lover of the wife’. The present reading follows Skald, and the word eiginbrúðr ‘wife’ also occurs in Anon Pl 17/7. See also Note to Vitn 13/5-8.

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brúðar ‘of the wife’

brúðr (noun f.; °brúðar, dat. & acc. brúði; brúðir): woman, bride < eiginbrúðr (noun f.)

notes

[1, 4] unnandi eiginbrúðar ‘the husband [lit. lover] of the wife’: I.e. ‘husband’. The ms. reading ægir (m. nom. sg.) ‘terror’ or ‘ocean’ (l. 1), makes no sense in this context and must be a scribal error. Sperber suggests ægir auðs brúðar ‘the terror of wealth of the woman’ i.e. ‘the man of the woman’. Skj B emends to eiginn unnandi brúðar, lit. ‘the own lover of the wife’. The present reading follows Skald, and the word eiginbrúðr ‘wife’ also occurs in Anon Pl 17/7. See also Note to Vitn 13/5-8.

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dóttur ‘daughter’

dóttir (noun f.; °dóttur, dat. dóttur/dǿtr/dóttir, acc. dóttur/dóttir, nom. dóttir/dóttur; dǿtr, gen. dǿtra (cf. [$1592$])): daughter

notes

[1, 4] unnandi eiginbrúðar ‘the husband [lit. lover] of the wife’: I.e. ‘husband’. The ms. reading ægir (m. nom. sg.) ‘terror’ or ‘ocean’ (l. 1), makes no sense in this context and must be a scribal error. Sperber suggests ægir auðs brúðar ‘the terror of wealth of the woman’ i.e. ‘the man of the woman’. Skj B emends to eiginn unnandi brúðar, lit. ‘the own lover of the wife’. The present reading follows Skald, and the word eiginbrúðr ‘wife’ also occurs in Anon Pl 17/7. See also Note to Vitn 13/5-8.

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unnandi ‘the husband [lit. lover]’

unnandi (noun m.; °-a; -endr): lover

notes

[1, 4] unnandi eiginbrúðar ‘the husband [lit. lover] of the wife’: I.e. ‘husband’. The ms. reading ægir (m. nom. sg.) ‘terror’ or ‘ocean’ (l. 1), makes no sense in this context and must be a scribal error. Sperber suggests ægir auðs brúðar ‘the terror of wealth of the woman’ i.e. ‘the man of the woman’. Skj B emends to eiginn unnandi brúðar, lit. ‘the own lover of the wife’. The present reading follows Skald, and the word eiginbrúðr ‘wife’ also occurs in Anon Pl 17/7. See also Note to Vitn 13/5-8.

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greiðiz ‘is paid’

greiða (verb): alleviate

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fyldiz ‘was achieved’

fylla (verb): fill

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frændum ‘for the relatives’

frændi (noun m.): kinsman, male relative

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tókuz ‘was established’

2. taka (verb): take

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mægðir ‘the kinship by marriage’

mægð (noun f.; °-ar; -ir): kinship by marriage

notes

[8] mægðir ‘kinship by marriage’: Lit. ‘relationships’. Mægð means ‘relationship brought about by marriage’, here looking forward to that between the woman and her son-in-law.

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