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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 12VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 12’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 189-90.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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Brátt kom fram, þats flýti
friðbragða goð sagði;
næst varð meiðr í mestri
mannraun drasils hranna.
Hjǫrð tók hodda skerðis
hyggjusnjalls at falla
— fúrlestir stóðsk freistni
fleygarðs — en hjú deyja.

Kom brátt fram, þats goð sagði {flýti friðbragða}; {meiðr {drasils hranna}} varð næst í mestri mannraun. Hjǫrð {hyggjusnjalls skerðis hodda} tók at falla, en hjú deyja; {{{fleygarðs} fúr}lestir} stóðsk freistni.
‘What God had told the advancer of acts of kindness [HOLY MAN] soon came to pass; the tree of the steed of the waves [SHIP > SEAFARER] came immediately into the greatest ordeal. The herd of the brave-souled diminisher of hoards [GENEROUS MAN] began to perish and [his] household to die; the wrecker of the fire of the ship-fence [(lit. ‘fire-wrecker of the ship-fence’) SHIELD > SWORD > WARRIOR] endured the trial.

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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 12: AI, 609-10, BI, 609-10, Skald I, 297; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 15-16, 44, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 232, Louis-Jensen 1998, 99.


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