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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 15VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 15’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 191.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

Réð ór Rúmsborg víðri
rausnar valdr at halda,
hǫppum reifðr þás hafði
hringþollr skaða fingit.
Fóru *braut með beiti
byrstóðs synir fróðum
tilstýranda tírar
tveir ok móðir þeira.

{Valdr rausnar} réð at halda ór víðri Rúmsborg, þás {hringþollr hǫppum reifðr} hafði fingit skaða. Tveir synir {tilstýranda tírar} ok móðir þeira fóru *braut með {fróðum beiti {byrstóðs}}.

{The possessor of splendour} [NOBLEMAN] left the great city of Rome, when {the ring-fir, blessed with victories} [MAN], had received injury. The two sons {of the pursuer of renown} [NOBLEMAN] and their mother went abroad with {the wise steerer {of the wind-horse}} [SHIP > SEAFARER].

Mss: 673b(2r)

Readings: [5] Fóru: ‘for’ 673b;    *braut: ‘abrot’ touched up by a later hand 673b    [7] tilstýranda: ‘til st[...]randa’ 673b

Editions: Skj AI, 610, Skj BI, 610, Skald I, 297, NN §2133; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 17, 45-5, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 233, Jón Helgason 1932-3, 154, Louis-Jensen 1998, 100.

Notes: [1] Rúmsborg ‘city of Rome’: The C text echoes this p. n.; both the Lat. and other ON texts state only that Plácitus and his family set out for Egypt (see Louis-Jensen 1998, cxxiii). — [5] fóru ‘went’: Emendation proposed by Finnur Jónsson 1887. — [5] *braut ‘abroad’: Emendation proposed by Jón Helgason 1932-3. — [7] tilstýranda ‘of the pursuer’: Emendation proposed by Kock (NN §2133).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1833. Brot af Placidus-drápu. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  3. Jón Helgason. 1932-3. ‘Til skjaldedigtningen’. APS 7, 150-68.
  4. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  6. Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1887. ‘Plácítúsdrápa’. In Opuscula Philologica: Mindre Afhandlinger, 210-64.
  7. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.

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