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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 13VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 13’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 190.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

text and translation

Hús brutu heip*tar fúsir
— hófsk freistni svá — þjófar;
út bôru þeir aura
ǫldurmanns ór ranni.
Ǫll réð flærðar fellir
fétjón, þaus beið ljóna
— snauðr varð* ôrr at auði
unnblakks — goði þakka.

Þjófar fúsir heip*tar brutu hús; svá hófsk freistni; þeir bôru aura út ór ǫldurmanns ranni. {Fellir ljóna flærðar} réð þakka goði ǫll fétjón, þaus beið; {ôrr {unnblakks}} varð* snauðr at auði.
‘Thieves eager for harm broke into the house; thus the trial began; they carried valuables out of the nobleman’s house. The destroyer of men’s falsehood [HOLY MAN] gave thanks to God for all the losses which he suffered; the messenger of the wave-horse [SHIP > SEAFARER] became bereft of wealth.

notes and context

For verbal correspondences between sts 12 and 13 and the C text of the prose saga, see Louis-Jensen 1998, cxxii-iii.



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 13: AI, 610, BI, 610, Skald I, 297, NN §1245; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 16, 45, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 233, Louis-Jensen 1998, 99.


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