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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 23VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 23’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 196.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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Hlaut sveinn hjarðar gætis
— hugstœðr léo flœði —
(akrmenn gripu annan)
œzta bjǫrg (frá vǫrgum).
Fjǫrnæms fœddu bǫrvar
fleins í þorpi einu
brœðr (glyggs hvatendr) báða
(blóðíss né til vissusk).

Sveinn hlaut œzta bjǫrg gætis hjarðar; hugstœðr léo flœði; akrmenn gripu annan frá vǫrgum. {Bǫrvar fjǫrnæms fleins} fœddu báða brœðr í einu þorpi; né {hvatendr {glyggs {blóðíss}}} vissusk til.
‘[One] boy received the most excellent help from a herdsman [lit. guardian of the herd]; the hateful lion fled; farmhands seized the other from the wolves. Trees of the life-taking spear [WARRIORS] raised both brothers in the same village; the hasteners of the storm of the blood-ice [SWORD > BATTLE > WARRIORS] did not know of one another.

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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 23: AI, 611-12, BI, 612, Skald I, 298, NN §§1247, 2247B; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 20, 48-9, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 235, Jón Helgason 1932-3, 156, Louis-Jensen 1998, 104.


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