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Anon Pl 3VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 3’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 183-4.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa
234

text and translation

‘Beiðir, segðu ok brúði’,
byrskríns, ‘sonum þínum,
ǫll vilk yðr’, kvað stillir,
‘ormstalls, í trú kalla.
Hyrsløngvir, kom hingat
hvalranns, um dag annan;
þá munk yðr, þats *…
yfir þegjum nú — segja’.

‘{Beiðir {ormstalls}}, segðu sonum þínum ok brúði’, kvað {stillir {byrskríns}}, ‘vilk kalla yðr ǫll í trú. {{{Hvalranns} hyr}sløngvir}, kom hingat um annan dag; munk þá segja yðr, þats *…; yfir þegjum nú’.
 
‘‘Demander of the serpent-lair [GOLD > MAN], tell your sons and wife’, said the ruler of the wind-shrine [SKY/HEAVEN > = God], ‘I will call you all to the faith. Flinger of the fire of the whale-house [(lit. ‘fire-flinger of the whale-house’) SEA > GOLD > GENEROUS MAN], come here tomorrow; I will then tell you about that which ...; we are [I am] silent now about [it]’.

notes and context

On verbal correspondences between this st. and the A and C versions of the prose text, see Louis-Jensen 1998, cxvii.

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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 3: AI, 608, BI, 607, Skald I, 295-6, NN §2490; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 12, 40, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 230, Jón Helgason 1932-3, 151, Louis-Jensen 1998, 94.

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