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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 18VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 193.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

text and translation

Dýrðhittir bað dróttin
dagbœjar sér tœja;
hæst gat hrjóðr við freistni
hugborð móins storðar.
Hlaut, sás œztr es ýta,
íðn Plácitus fríða;
Evstákíus ævi
albazta sér valði.

{Dýrðhittir} bað {dróttin {dagbœjar}} tœja sér; {hrjóðr {storðar móins}} gat {hæst hugborð} við freistni. Plácitus, sás œztr es ýta, hlaut fríða íðn; Evstákíus valði sér albazta ævi.
‘The acquirer of glory [HOLY MAN] bade the lord of the daylight-home [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] help him; the destroyer of the ground of the serpent [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] received the highest mind-board [COURAGE] in the face of trial. Plácitus, who is the best of men, was allotted a glorious task; Eustace chose for himself the very best life.

notes and context

[5-8]: Stef 1, cf. st. 11.



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 18: AI, 611, BI, 611, Skald I, 297; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 18, 47, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 234, Louis-Jensen 1998, 102.


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