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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 21VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 21’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 194-5.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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Sinn bar of ô, þás annan,
ástvitjuðr, lét sitja,
hraustr erfingja, hristir
Hlakkar skins á bakka.
Ok þás annan sœkja
auðgildir son vildi,
stóð umb ok sásk síðan
sviðr þegn at ô miðri.

{Ástvitjuðr} bar erfingja sinn of ô, þás {hraustr hristir {skins Hlakkar}} lét annan sitja á bakka. Ok þás {auðgildir} vildi sœkja annan son, stóð sviðr þegn at miðri ô ok sásk síðan umb.
‘The seeker of love [HOLY MAN] carried his heir over the river, while the strong shaker of the gleam of Hlǫkk <valkyrie> [SWORD > WARRIOR] left the other sitting on the bank. And when the wealth-payer [GENEROUS MAN] wanted to fetch his other son, the wise man stopped in the middle of the river and then looked about him.

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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 21: AI, 611, BI, 612, Skald I, 298, NN §2553; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 19-20, 48, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 235, Louis-Jensen 1998, 103.


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