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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 14VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 14’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 190-1.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

text and translation

‘Hvat hafim, Sjǫfn, at sitja,
seims’ (mælti þat) ‘heima?’
(elda njótr við ítra
ulfvíns konu sína).
‘Eigum oss at lægja,
einn réttr þvíat goð beinir,
— reyndrs, sás stríð má standask
stórfarnaði órum.’

‘Hvat hafim, {Sjǫfn seims}, at sitja heima?’; {njótr {elda {ulfvíns}}} mælti þat við ítra konu sína. ‘Eigum at lægja oss, þvíat einn réttr goð beinir farnaði órum; reyndrs, sás má standask stór stríð.’
‘‘What do we gain, Sjǫfn <goddess> of gold [WOMAN], by staying at home?’; the user of the fires of wolf-wine [BLOOD > SWORDS > WARRIOR] said that to his splendid wife. ‘We must humble ourselves because the one true God furthers our fortune; that one is well-proven who can endure great distresses.’

notes and context



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 14: AI, 610, BI, 610, Skald I, 297, NN §§2132, 2492; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 16, 45, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 233, Jón Helgason 1932-3, 153-4, Louis-Jensen 1998, 100.


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