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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Plácitusdrápa (Pl) - 59

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Plácitusdrápa (‘Drápa about S. Eustace’) — Anon PlVII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills 2007, ‘ Anonymous, Plácitusdrápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 179-220. <> (accessed 25 January 2022)

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa, Digt fra det 12. årh. (AI, 607-18, BI, 606-22)

SkP info: VII, 190

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13 — Anon Pl 13VII

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Cite as: Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 13’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 190.

Hús brutu heip*tar fúsir
— hófsk freistni svá — þjófar;
út bôru þeir aura
ǫldurmanns ór ranni.
Ǫll réð flærðar fellir
fétjón, þaus beið ljóna
— snauðr varð* ôrr at auði
unnblakks — goði þakka.

Þjófar fúsir heip*tar brutu hús; svá hófsk freistni; þeir bôru aura út ór ǫldurmanns ranni. {Fellir ljóna flærðar} réð þakka goði ǫll fétjón, þaus beið; {ôrr {unnblakks}} varð* snauðr at auði.

Thieves eager for harm broke into the house; thus the trial began; they carried valuables out of the nobleman’s house. {The destroyer of men’s falsehood} [HOLY MAN] gave thanks to God for all the losses which he suffered; {the messenger {of the wave-horse}} [SHIP > SEAFARER] became bereft of wealth.

Mss: 673b(2r)

Readings: [3, 4] bôru þeir aura ǫldur‑: ‘bor[...]alldor’ 673b, ‘bore[...]alldor’ 673bÞH, ‘boro þeir avra ølldor’ 673bFJ    [5] flærðar: ‘flęrþ(a)[...]’(?) 673b, ‘flęrþar’ 673bÞH    [7] varð*: varðr 673b    [8] unn‑: und 673b

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa 13: AI, 610, BI, 610, Skald I, 297, NN §1245; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 16, 45, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 233, Louis-Jensen 1998, 99.

Notes: [All]: For verbal correspondences between sts 12 and 13 and the C text of the prose saga, see Louis-Jensen 1998, cxxii-iii. — [4] ǫldurmanns ‘the nobleman’s’: A loan word from English (cf. OE aldormann, ealdormann, OED: alderman 1a), found in skaldic verse only here and in two poems where Anglophone influence is also likely, Bjbp Jóms 11/2I and GunnLeif Merl I 63/4VIII. This word is not used in any of the prose versions of the legend.

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