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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 2VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 183.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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Lundr reis gjalfrs frá grundu
goðs orðum … skorðaðr
elds; vas áðr til foldar
ormstalls boði fallinn.
Logstýfir bað leyfa
ljóss engla sér þengil
Vánar vífi sínu
vegs þessi rǫk segja.

{Lundr {elds gjalfrs}} reis frá grundu … skorðaðr orðum goðs; {boði {ormstalls}} vas áðr fallinn til foldar. {{Vánar log}stýfir} bað {þengil {ljóss vegs engla}} leyfa sér segja vífi sínu þessi rǫk.
‘The tree of the fire of the sea [GOLD > MAN] rose from the ground … supported by the words of God; the messenger of the serpent-lair [GOLD > MAN] had previously fallen to earth. The snipper of the fire of Vôn <river> [(lit. ‘the fire-snipper of Vôn’) GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] asked the ruler of the bright path of angels [HEAVEN > = God] to permit him to tell his wife about these omens.

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 2: AI, 607-8, BI, 607, Skald I, 295; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 11-12, 39, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 230, Louis-Jensen 1998, 93-4.


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