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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 10VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 188-9.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

text and translation

Braut varð hjǫrtr frá hreyti
— heim fór at þat — seima;
Krist bað frægr við freistni
fultings boði hringa.
Sagði drengr, þaus dugðu,
(dolglinns*) konu sinni
(rǫskr gat hug við háska)
heit goðssonar (beitir).

Hjǫrtr varð braut frá {hreyti seima}; fór heim at þat; {frægr boði hringa} bað Krist fultings við freistni. Drengr sagði konu sinni heit {goðssonar}, þaus dugðu; {rǫskr beitir {dolglinns*}} gat hug við háska.
‘The hart went away from the flinger of gold [GENEROUS MAN]; he went home after that; the famous offerer of rings [GENEROUS MAN] asked Christ for help in the face of his trial. The man told his wife the promises of God’s son [= Christ], which were powerful; the brave handler of the battle-serpent [SWORD > WARRIOR] received courage against danger.

notes and context

For the several verbal echoes between this st. and the C text of the saga, see Louis-Jensen 1998, cxii.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa 10: AI, 609, BI, 609, Skald I, 296, NN §1244; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 15, 43, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 232, Louis-Jensen 1998, 98.


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