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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 18 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, 200

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30 — Anon Pl 30VII

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Cite as: Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 30’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 200.

Ok til aumra rekka
atvinnu gaf Þvinnils
vigg-Baldr víðrar foldar
verkkaup, þats sér merkði.
Fast helt lundr ok leynði
linnvengis trú sinni
hlunndýrs heiðna runna
ttnæfr við goð sôttum,

Ok {{{Þvinnils víðrar foldar} vigg}-Baldr} gaf verkkaup, þats merkði sér, til atvinnu aumra rekka. {Hôttnæfr lundr {linnvengis}} helt fast sôttum við goð ok leynði trú sinni {heiðna runna {hlunndýrs}},

And {the Baldr <god> {of the horse {of the wide land of Þvinnill <sea-king>}}} [(lit. ‘horse-Baldr of the wide land of Þvinnill’) SEA > SHIP > SEAFARER] gave the wages, which he had set aside for himself, for the support of poor men. {The virtuous tree {of the serpent-ground}} [GOLD > MAN] held fast to his agreements with God and concealed his faith {from the heathen trees {of the animal of the launching-roller}} [SHIP > SEAFARER],

Mss: 673b(3v)

Readings: [2] Þvinnils: ‘þuɴils’ 673b    [3] foldar: ‘f[...]dar’ 673b, 673bFJ, foldar 673bÞH    [7] hlunnrs: ‘hlvɴ dv[...]s’ 673b, ‘hlyra dyrs’ 673bÞH, ‘hlvɴ dvrs’ 673bFJ    [8] ttnæfr: ‘hactnæfr’ 673b, 673bÞH, ‘hattnæfr’ 673bFJ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa 30: AI, 613, BI, 614, Skald I, 299; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 23, 51, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 237, Louis-Jensen 1998, 107-8.

Notes: [All]: The wording of this st. corresponds very closely to the C text of the prose saga (Louis-Jensen 1998, cxxiv), except for the kennings, while the Lat. and A texts state only that Plácitus took his wages, and do not refer to his giving of alms or his concealing his Christian faith from heathens. — [2] Þvinnils ‘of Þvinnill’: Emendation proposed by Konráð Gíslason (and Eiríkur Jónsson 1875-89, II). Sveinbjörn Egilsson emended to *þynnils, although it is unclear what this word should mean. — [4] verkkaup ‘wages’: This is the only example of this word in poetry, and it is repeated in the C text. Cf. A2 version, where tók kaup translates the Lat. mercedem accipiens ‘receiving a wage’.

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