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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

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.

Mss: 673b(2v-3r)

Readings: [1] fróns: ‘(f)[...]ons’(?) 673b, ‘frons’ 673bÞH, 673bFJ    [6] tti: ‘(ma)[...]’(?) 673b, ‘matte’ 673bÞH, 673bFJ

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

Notes: [1] it frána dýr fróns ‘the fierce animal of the land’: I.e. a lion (óarga dýr ‘wild animal’ in the prose versions [Tucker 1988, 34-5]); cf. Beck 1972. The action is conventionally supposed to have taken place in Egypt. — [3-4] hann varð harða hryggr við þat ‘he became very distraught at that’: Cf. the verbal echo in the C text of the saga Vid þad vard hann mio᷎g [hrig]gur ‘At that he became very distraught’ (Tucker 1998, 35).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1833. Brot af Placidus-drápu. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1887. ‘Plácítúsdrápa’. In Opuscula Philologica: Mindre Afhandlinger, 210-64.
  5. Beck, Heinrich. 1972. ‘Hit óarga dýr und die mittelalterliche Tiersignification’. In Weinstock 1972, 97-111.
  6. Tucker, John, ed. 1998. Plácidus saga. EA B 31. Copenhagen: Reitzel.
  7. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.

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