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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

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.

Mss: 673b(3r)

Readings: [1] sveinn: ‘svenn’ 673b;    hjarðar: hirðar 673b    [2] ‑stœðr (‘‑støþr’): ‘‑scøþr’ 673bFJ    [4] œzta: ‘øts(ta)’(?) 673b, ‘øtser’ 673bÞH, ‘øt[...]’ 673bFJ, ‘øt(sta)’(?) 673bSkj    [5] bǫrvar (‘bꜵrvar’): ‘borvar’ 673bÞH, ‘b[...]ruar’ 673bFJ    [7] glyggs hvatendr: ‘glygg ihꜹatendr’ 673b

Editions: Skj AI, 611-12, Skj 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.

Notes: [2] hugstœðr ‘the hateful’: Finnur Jónsson (1887 and Skj A) read hugskœðr ‘evil-/injury-minded’ (the <t>/<c> is partially missing). Jón Helgason, however, was sure of the ‘t’ reading.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj A = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15a. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. A: Tekst efter håndskrifterne. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1967. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1833. Brot af Placidus-drápu. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  4. Jón Helgason. 1932-3. ‘Til skjaldedigtningen’. APS 7, 150-68.
  5. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  6. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  7. Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1887. ‘Plácítúsdrápa’. In Opuscula Philologica: Mindre Afhandlinger, 210-64.
  8. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.

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