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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 19VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 19’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 193-4.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

text and translation

Fljóð varð heim með heiðnum
hlunndýrs fara runni;
kona bað sér við synðum
saurlífis goð hlífa.
Blíðr dugði svá brúði
brátt, at saurgask máttit,
himna valdr, af Hildar
hauknistis samvistu.

Fljóð varð fara heim með {heiðnum runni {hlunndýrs}}; kona bað goð hlífa sér við synðum saurlífis. {Blíðr valdr himna} dugði brátt brúði svá, at máttit saurgask af samvistu {{Hildar hauk}nistis}.
‘The woman had to go home with the heathen tree of the animal of the launching-roller [SHIP > SEAFARER]; the woman asked God to protect her against the sins of impure living. The gentle ruler of the heavens [= God] quickly helped the woman so that she could not be polluted by cohabitation with the feeder of the hawk of Hildr <valkyrie> [(lit. ‘hawk-feeder of Hildr’) RAVEN > WARRIOR].

notes and context

The description of the fate of Plácitus’ wife comes earlier in the narrative sequence in both Pl and the C text of the saga than in the Lat. and A text (Louis-Jensen 1998, cxxiii). This restructuring has the effect of increasing the dramatic tension concerning Theopista’s suffering at the hands of her captor.


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 19: AI, 611, BI, 611, Skald I, 297; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 18-19, 47, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 234, Louis-Jensen 1998, 102.


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