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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 20VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 20’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 194.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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Sýnir gekk með sína
seggja trausts af flausti
— þá vas þrekmanns ævi
þung — tvá sonu unga.
Seimtýnir kom sveinum,
søkkmeiðr, at ô breiðri,
borðs* né báða þorði
bera senn yfir nenninn.

{Sýnir trausts seggja} gekk með tvá unga sonu sína af flausti; þrekmanns ævi vas þá þung. {Seimtýnir} kom sveinum at breiðri ô; {nenninn {borðs* søkk}meiðr} né þorði bera báða senn yfir.
‘The demonstrator of support to men [RULER] went with his two young sons from the ship; the powerful man’s life was heavy then. The gold-destroyer [GENEROUS MAN] brought the boys to a broad river; the brave tree of the jewel of the gunwale [(lit. ‘jewel-tree of the gunwale’) SHIELD > SEAFARER] did not dare to carry both over at once.

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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 20: AI, 611, BI, 611-12, Skald I, 298, NN §1246; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 19, 47, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 234, Jón Helgason 1932-3, 154-5, Louis-Jensen 1998, 102-3.


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