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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 28 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, 205-6

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40 — Anon Pl 40VII

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Cite as: Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 40’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 205-6.

Hugðu brœðr at beiði
brandéls meginvandla,
þóttusk mildi mætan
menn Plácitus kenna,
unz hyr-Þróttar hittu
hjaldrserks …
... hǫfðu
hoddsendi rétt kenndan.

Brœðr hugðu meginvandla at {beiði {brandéls}} — menn þóttusk kenna mildi mætan Plácitus —, unz {{{hjaldrserks} hyr-}Þróttar} hittu … hǫfðu rétt kenndan {hoddsendi}.

The brothers considered carefully {the demander {of the sword-storm}} [BATTLE > WARRIOR] — the men thought they recognised Plácitus, renowned for generosity [or piety] —, until {the Þróttar <= Óðinn> {of the fire {of the war-shirt}}} [(lit. ‘the fire-Þróttar of the war shirt’) MAIL-SHIRT > SWORD > WARRIORS] met … they had correctly recognised {the gold-distributor} [GENEROUS MAN].

Mss: 673b(4r-v)

Readings: [2] brandéls: ‘br[...]e[...]s’ 673b, ‘br[...]egs’ 673bÞH, ‘bran[...]e[...]s’ 673bFJ    [3] tan: ‘mæ[...]’ 673b, ‘mæra’ 673bÞH, ‘metan’ 673bFJ    [5] ‑Þróttar: ‘þrotta[...]’ 673b, ‘þrottar’ 673bÞH, 673bFJ    [6] …: ‘[...]ar[...]’ 673b, ‘kloker[...]’ 673bFJ    [7] hǫfðu: ‘[...]þv’ 673b    [8] kenndan: ‘[...]endan’ 673b, ‘kendan’ 673bFJ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa 40: AI, 614-15, BI, 617, Skald I, 300, NN §2137; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 27, 55, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 239, Jón Helgason 1932-3, 157-8, Louis-Jensen 1998, 112.

Notes: [6-7] hjaldrserks ...: In the prose versions at this point, Plácitus is recognised by a scar on his neck (Tucker 1998, 46-7). The first two ll. of fol. 4v in 673b are very damaged from rubbing. Finnur Jónsson (1887 and Skj A) thought he could make out ‘kloker’ (i.e. klókir ‘clever’; cf. NN §§2137, 2491), but his reading was disputed by Jón Helgason (1932-3). The word klókir is of German origin and therefore unlikely to occur in a text of this date, besides being too heavy to fill the metrical position. Jón Helgason suggested ørugg merki | at hringdrífar hǫfðu (i.e. ‘until the [men] found the safe sign, so that the ring-scatterers [GENEROUS MEN] had correctly recognised the [man]’), but only as one possibility among others. As an alternative to ørugg merki, he suggested ørr á kverkum ‘scar on the throat’, cf. ørr á hálsi in the prose text.

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