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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, 212-13

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50 — Anon Pl 50VII

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Cite as: Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 50’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 212-13.

Hús átti sér hættin
hress í garði þessum
(fekk strengjar þar Þungra)
Þéopista (sér vistar),
síz jarðar fjǫr firrðisk,
fránbaugs, sás tók hána,
undins látrs, frá ítrum
endr Plácito, sendir.

Hættin, hress Þéopista átti sér hús í garði þessum; {Þungra strengjar} fekk sér þar vistar, síz {sendir {látrs {undins fránbaugs jarðar}}}, sás tók hána endr frá ítrum Plácito, firrðisk fjǫr.

The virtuous, energetic Theopista had a house in this orchard; {the Þungra <= Freyja> of the ribbon} [WOMAN] settled there after {the distributor {of the ground {of the twisted shining ring of the earth}}} [= Miðgarðsormr > GOLD > GENEROUS MAN], the one who had once taken her from the glorious Placitus, left this life.

Mss: 673b(5r)

Readings: [1] Hús átti: ‘H[...]ti’ 673b, 673bÞH, ‘hus atte’(?) 673bHE, ‘Hus [...]te’ 673bFJ    [2] þessum: ‘þessu’ 673bFJ    [3] fekk strengjar þar: ‘sek [...]giar [...]r’ 673b, ‘seks [...]engiar þar’ 673bÞH, ‘seks þuengiar er’ 673bFJ    [5] fjǫr: ‘f[...]’ 673b, ‘fra’ 673bÞH, 673bFJ;    firrðisk: ‘[...]’ 673b, 673bFJ, ‘firþisc’ 673bÞH    [6] fránbaugs: ‘fran bavgs’ 673b, 673bFJ, ‘stan havgs’ 673bÞH;    frán‑: ‘fran’ or ‘stan’ 673bHE    [7] látrs: ‘lat[...]s’ 673b, ‘sætes’ 673bÞH, ‘ætes’ 673bHE, ‘latrs’ 673bFJ;    frá: ‘[...]a’ 673b

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa 50: AI, 616, BI, 619, Skald I, 301, NN §1256; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 31, 60, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 242, Louis-Jensen 1998, 117-18.

Notes: [3, 4] fekk sér vistar ‘settled’: Emendation proposed in NN §1256, but already suggested by Sveinbjörn Egilsson (1833) in a note. — [3] strengjar ‘of the ribbon’: Emendation proposed by Louis-Jensen (1998). Sveinbjörn Egilsson had ‘-s engiar’ and Finnur Jónsson þvengjar (1887, remarking that <þu> is very unclear). The reading þvengjar would produce excessive alliteration (if the following word is þar) and þvengr is not found elsewhere as an element of a kenning for woman. Strengjar seems preferable, although the gen. of this word ends in -s in st. 24. — [6] -baugs ‘-ring’: Originally proposed by Finnur Jónsson (1887). Sveinbjörn Egilsson has ‘haugs’. Part of the <b> is, however, visible.

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