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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 23 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, 184-5

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4 — Anon Pl 4VII

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Cite as: Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 184-5.

Heim kom hodda geymir;
hagat … vel þvís sagði
viggþollr … dyggva
Vinnils konu sinni.
(Seims) kvað sér í draumi,
(svǫr veitti þau bǫrvi)
menreið mána slóðar
mjúklynd konung sýndan.

{Geymir hodda} kom heim; {{Vinnils vigg}þollr} … vel hagat, þvís sagði konu sinni dyggva … {Mjúklynd menreið} kvað {konung {slóðar mána}} sýndan sér í draumi; veitti þau svǫr {bǫrvi seims}.

{The keeper of hoards} [MAN] came home; {the tree {of the horse of Vinnill <sea-king>}} [(lit. ‘the horse-tree of Vinnill’) SHIP > SEAFARER] … behaved well in telling his wife the excellent … {The gentle necklace-bearer} [WOMAN] said that {the king {of the path of the moon}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] had appeared to her in a dream; she gave these answers {to the tree of gold} [MAN].

Mss: 673b(1r)

Readings: [1] geymir: ‘[...]’ 673b, geymir 673bFJ    [5] Seims: ‘seis’ 673b, 673bÞH, seims 673bFJ;    kvað sér: ‘[...]’ 673b, ‘qvaþ ser’ 673bFJ    [6] svǫr: ‘suaʀ’ 673b;    bǫrvi: ‘bavr[...](e)’(?) 673b, ‘bavrve’ 673bÞH, 673bFJ    [7] menreið: ‘[...]reiþ’ 673b, ‘men reiþ’ 673bFJ    [8] konung: ‘kon[...]’ 673b, 673bHE, kona 673bÞH, konung 673bFJ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa 4: AI, 608, BI, 607, Skald I, 296, NN §2491; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 12, 40, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 230, Jón Helgason 1932-3, 151-2, Louis-Jensen 1998, 94-5.

Notes: [2] … vel: Jón Helgason proposed lét, which would fit well with the p.p. hagat. Kock proposed vann (NN §2491). Skj B omits as here. — [3] : The metre requires a two-syllable word starting with v. Jón Helgason suggested vitrun ‘vision’, which was adopted in Skald and in Louis-Jensen 1998. However, vitrun is otherwise only found in C14th poetry. Skj B has of vann. — [5-8]: Cf. the wording of these ll. with C, 54-5: Mier sýndist í nótt í svefni … sem hann siálfur kiæmi til myn ‘It appeared to me last night in a dream … as if he himself came to me’ (Louis-Jensen 1998, cxxii). — [8] mjúklynd ... sýndan: The same aðalhending (-lyndum ... sýndisk) occurs in st. 7/4. Such rhymes become increasingly common after C12th, usually when the vowels are followed by more than one consonant (cf. Kuhn 1977a, 528).

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