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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 24VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 24’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 196-7.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

text and translation

Lifði halr, sás hafði
hranne*lds tekit svanna,
blótum gnœgðr, frá brigði
blíðum, fá vetr síðan.
Hús átti sér hættin
hǫrstrengs * at þat lengi
Jǫrð í aldingarði
ógntvist ok helt kristni.

Blótum gnœgðr halr, sás hafði tekit svanna frá {blíðum brigði {hranne*lds}}, lifði fá vetr síðan. {Hættin Jǫrð hǫrstrengs} átti sér lengi * at þat hús í aldingarði ok helt, ógntvist, kristni.
‘The man, steeped in heathen practices, who had taken the woman from the gentle breaker of the wave-fire [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN], lived few winters longer. The virtuous Jǫrð <goddess> of the linen-ribbon [WOMAN] owned for a long time after that a house in an orchard and kept [her] Christian faith, although muted by [impending] danger.

notes and context

There are several distinctive verbal correspondences between st. 24 and the C version of the saga (Louis-Jensen 1998, cxxiii-iv), including blótum gnœgðr ‘steeped in heathen practices’ (l. 3) and mikill blótmadur ‘great [pagan] sacrificer’ (C); halr lifðifá vetr síðan ‘the man lived few winters longer’ (ll. 1, 4) and og lifdi litla stund ‘and lived for a short time’ (C); [hun] átti sér lengi at þat hús í aldingarði ok helt … kristni (ll. 5, 6, 7, 8) ‘[she] owned for a long time after that a house in an orchard and kept ... [her] Christian faith’ and átti hun sjer þ]á hús í einum alldinngardi lifdi þar vel hiellt sinn c[hristinndom stadfastlega ‘then she owned a house in an orchard [and] lived there [and] kept her Christian faith steadfastly’ (C).



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 24: AI, 612, BI, 612-13, Skald I, 298; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 21, 49, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 235, Louis-Jensen 1998, 104-5.


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