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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
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baut ‘’

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varf ‘’

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varð ‘went’

1. verða (verb): become, be

[1] varð: varf 673b

notes

[1] varð ‘went’: So emended by Louis-Jensen 1998. Finnur Jónsson (1887 and Skj B) emended to hvarf.

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hreyti ‘the flinger’

hreytir (noun m.): flinger

kennings

hreyti seima;
‘the flinger of gold; he ’
   = GENEROUS MAN

the flinger of gold; he → GENEROUS MAN
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seima ‘of gold’

2. seimr (noun m.; °dat. -i): gold

kennings

hreyti seima;
‘the flinger of gold; he ’
   = GENEROUS MAN

the flinger of gold; he → GENEROUS MAN
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frægr ‘the famous’

frægr (adj.; °-jan/-an; compar. -ri, superl. -jastr/-astr/-str): famous, renowned

kennings

frægr boði hringa
‘the famous offerer of rings ’
   = GENEROUS MAN

the famous offerer of rings → GENEROUS MAN
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við ‘in the face of’

2. við (prep.): with, against

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freistni ‘trial’

freistni (noun f.): trial, temptation

[3] freistni: ‘frei’ touched up by a later hand 673b

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fultings ‘for help’

2. fullting (noun n.): help

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boði ‘offerer’

boði (noun m.; °-a; -ar): messenger, breaker

kennings

frægr boði hringa
‘the famous offerer of rings ’
   = GENEROUS MAN

the famous offerer of rings → GENEROUS MAN
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hringa ‘of rings’

1. hringr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -; -ar): ring; sword

kennings

frægr boði hringa
‘the famous offerer of rings ’
   = GENEROUS MAN

the famous offerer of rings → GENEROUS MAN
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dolg ‘of the battle’

dolg (noun n.): battle, enemy < dolglinnr (noun m.)

kennings

rǫskr beitir dolglinns*
‘the brave handler of the battle-serpent ’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent → SWORD
the brave handler of the SWORD → WARRIOR
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dolg ‘of the battle’

dolg (noun n.): battle, enemy < dolglinnr (noun m.)

kennings

rǫskr beitir dolglinns*
‘the brave handler of the battle-serpent ’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent → SWORD
the brave handler of the SWORD → WARRIOR
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linns* ‘-serpent’

linnr (noun m.): snake < dolglinnr (noun m.)

[6] ‑linns*: ‘‑linnsc’ 673b

kennings

rǫskr beitir dolglinns*
‘the brave handler of the battle-serpent ’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent → SWORD
the brave handler of the SWORD → WARRIOR
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linns* ‘-serpent’

linnr (noun m.): snake < dolglinnr (noun m.)

[6] ‑linns*: ‘‑linnsc’ 673b

kennings

rǫskr beitir dolglinns*
‘the brave handler of the battle-serpent ’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent → SWORD
the brave handler of the SWORD → WARRIOR
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rǫskr ‘the brave’

rǫskr (adj.): brave

kennings

rǫskr beitir dolglinns*
‘the brave handler of the battle-serpent ’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent → SWORD
the brave handler of the SWORD → WARRIOR
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goðs ‘of God’s’

1. guð (noun m.; °***guðrs, guðis, gus): (Christian) God < goðsonr (noun m.): [godson]

kennings

goðssonar,
‘of God’s son, ’
   = Christ

God’s son, → Christ
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sonar ‘son’

sonr (noun m.; °-ar, dat. syni; synir, acc. sonu, syni): son < goðsonr (noun m.): [godson]

kennings

goðssonar,
‘of God’s son, ’
   = Christ

God’s son, → Christ
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beitir ‘handler’

beitir (noun m.): steerer

kennings

rǫskr beitir dolglinns*
‘the brave handler of the battle-serpent ’
   = WARRIOR

the battle-serpent → SWORD
the brave handler of the SWORD → WARRIOR
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For the several verbal echoes between this st. and the C text of the saga, see Louis-Jensen 1998, cxii.

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