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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Plácitusdrápa (Pl) - 59

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

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

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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, 214

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52 — Anon Pl 52VII

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Cite as: Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 52’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 214.

unz tírrœkir tœki
tveir brœðr of þat rœða
orð, hvat œski-Nirðir
… framast mynði.
Þollr gat … inn ellri
… fyr bróður
lýst ok langa freistni
… hlífar,

unz tveir tírrœkir brœðr tœki rœða orð of þat, hvat {œski-Nirðir …} mynði framast; {inn ellri þollr {… hlífar}} gat lýst … ok langa freistni … fyr bróður,

until the two renown-cultivating brothers began to speak of that which {the wishing-Nirðir <gods> …} [MEN] first remembered; {the older tree {… of the shield}} [BATTLE > WARRIOR] was able to describe … and long ordeal … to his brother,

Mss: 673b(5r)

Readings: [1, 2] tœki tveir brœðr: ‘t[...](c)[...] tu[...]þr’(?) 673b, ‘tøce tu[...]þr’ 673bÞH, ‘tøce tueir brøþr’ 673bFJ    [3, 4] ‑Nirðir …: ‘nir[...]’ 673b, ‘nirþer [...]’ 673bÞH, 673bFJ, ‘nirþ[...]’ 673bJH    [5, 6] ellri …: ‘el[...]’ 673b, ‘all[...]’ 673bÞH, ‘[...]’ 673bFJ, ‘[...]ll[...]þ[...]’ 673bJH    [8] …: ‘[...]’ 673b, 673bFJ, ‘l[...]’ 673bÞH, ‘[...]sc[...]’ 673bJH

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa 52: AI, 617, BI, 620, Skald I, 301; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 32, 61, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 242, Jón Helgason 1932-3, 162-3, Louis-Jensen 1998, 119.

Notes: [3] -Nirðir: This is the nom. pl. of the name Njǫrðr, a member of the Vanir group of gods, and often regarded as the god of the sea in Norse mythology. — [4] : A determinant of a man-kenning appears to be required here, but the metre predicts only that the two syllables should begin with a vowel and contain -yn. Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s conjecture, undlinns ‘of the wound-snake [SWORD]’, was rejected by Jón Helgason because it produces a poor rhyme. Finnur had ynðis ‘of happiness’ and added of before mynði to fill out the metre. Jón proposed instead odddyns ‘of the spear-din [BATTLE]’. — [5] : The l. requires a long syllable alliterating with ellri or þollr (unless a conjecture in l. 6 is made), forming the base-word of a kenning. Jón Helgason proposed éls ‘of the storm’, forming a battle-kenning, but éls would produce three internal rhymes. — [6] : The alliteration requires that the missing three syllables start with a vowel and contain the aðalhending -óð-. Jón Helgason suggested óðaljǫrð ‘ancestral home’ here, based in part on his own reading of the ms. (‘[...]ll[...]þ’), but this is largely conjectural. — [8] : Jón read two letters (‘sc’) in this lacuna, and suggested lindskífanda ‘the shield-slicer’s’; a four-syllable sequence containing líf ... sk ... is also possible on the basis of the metre and Jón’s reading of the ms.

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