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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

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.

Mss: 673b(3r)

Readings: [2] hranne*lds: ‘hraɴenllds’ 673b    [3] blótum: ‘[...]lotum’ ascender visible on first letter 673b, ‘blotum’ 673bÞH, 673bFJ    [6] *: ok 673b;    at: ‘[...]’ 673b, at 673bÞH, ‘[...]t’ 673bFJ

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

Notes: [All]: 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).


  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. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.

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