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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 29VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 29’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 199-200.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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Morðsólar veik máli
meiðir; sinnar leiðar
gekk ramms hǫtuðr rekka
rógs í þorp ór skógi.
Menfergir vas margan
móthress í bœ þessum
vetr, ok vann til mætrar
vargnistir sér bjargar.

{Meiðir {morðsólar}} veik máli; {hǫtuðr {ramms rógs rekka}} gekk leiðar sinnar ór skógi í þorp. {Móthress menfergir} vas margan vetr í þessum bœ, ok {vargnistir} vann sér til mætrar bjargar.
‘The destroyer of the war-sun [SHIELD > WARRIOR] broke off his speech; the hater of the fierce strife of men [SIN > HOLY MAN] went his way from the forest into a village. The battle-fierce neckring-destroyer [GENEROUS MAN] was many a winter in that town and the wolf-feeder [WARRIOR] earned a good living.

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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 29: AI, 613, BI, 614, Skald I, 299, NN §2136; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 23, 51, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 237, Louis-Jensen 1998, 107.


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