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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 22VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 22’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 195.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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Dýr leit fróns it frána
fleinrjóðr koma at sveini,
— hryggr varð við þat harða
hann — en vargr tók annan;
ok baugfergir bjarga
brátt hvôrungi mátti,
dýr þás dyggva hlýra
drógu braut til skógar.

{Fleinrjóðr} leit it frána dýr fróns koma at sveini, en vargr tók annan; hann varð harða hryggr við þat; ok {baugfergir} mátti hvôrungi bjarga brátt, þás dýr drógu dyggva hlýra braut til skógar.
‘The spear-reddener [WARRIOR] saw the fierce animal of the land approach the boy, and a wolf took the other one; he became very distraught at that; and the ring-destroyer [GENEROUS MAN] could save neither of them quickly [enough], as the beasts dragged the excellent brothers away to the wood.

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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 22: AI, 611, BI, 612, Skald I, 298; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 20, 48, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 235, Louis-Jensen 1998, 103-4.


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