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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 17VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 192-3.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

þás auðskiptis eptir
almilds konu dvalði
— væn leizk hodd-Gefn hônum —
hjǫrlundr á skæ sunda.
Hreins varð heggr við sína
hraustr, þás gekk af flausti,
auðar eiginbrúði
óviljandi at skiljask.

þás {hjǫrlundr} dvalði konu {almilds auðskiptis} eptir á {skæ sunda}; {hodd-Gefn} leizk hônum væn. {Hraustr heggr hreins auðar} varð óviljandi at skiljask við eiginbrúði sína, þás gekk af flausti.

when {the sword-tree} [WARRIOR] kept the wife {of the most generous wealth-distributor} [GENEROUS MAN] back on {the horse of channels} [SHIP]; {the hoard-Gefn <= Freyja>} [WOMAN] looked beautiful to him. {The brave tree of shining wealth} [MAN] had to part with his wife against his will, when he left the ship.

Mss: 673b(2v)

Readings: [8] skiljask: ‘scialsc’ 673b

Editions: Skj AI, 610-11, Skj BI, 611, Skald I, 297; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 18, 46, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 234, Louis-Jensen 1998, 101.

Notes: [5] heggr ‘tree’: The bird-cherry tree, prunus padus.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1833. Brot af Placidus-drápu. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1887. ‘Plácítúsdrápa’. In Opuscula Philologica: Mindre Afhandlinger, 210-64.
  5. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.

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