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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

‘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]’.

Mss: 673b(1r)

Readings: [1] Beiðir: ‘Bei[...]’ 673b, ‘Beiþ’ 673bÞH    [2] byrskríns: ‘byrscrns’ 673b    [5] ‑sløngvir: ‘sclavgvir’ 673b    [6] um: ‘[...]’ 673b    [7, 8] *… yfir: ‘høf[...] hvfer’ 673b, ‘þof n vfer’ 673bFJ

Editions: Skj AI, 608, Skj 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.

Notes: [All]: On verbal correspondences between this st. and the A and C versions of the prose text, see Louis-Jensen 1998, cxvii. — [6] um: Supplied by Finnur Jónsson (1887). Skj B has ‘of’. — [7-8] ... yfir ‘... about [it]’: Sveinbjörn Egilsson (1833) emended ms. ‘høf.. hvfer’ to ófir, supposedly a variant of váfir (yfir) ‘is imminent, threatens’. Finnur Jónsson read ‘þof..n vfer’ (1887) and later ‘þof..r yfer’ (Skj A), but in Skj B he followed Sveinbjörn in emending the word to ófir and connecting it with yfir. Jón Helgason (1932-3) accepted the older reading ‘høf..’ and explained the <h> in ‘hvfer’ (=yfir) at the beginning of the following l. as an attempt to restore alliteration which had been disturbed by the evidently intrusive ‘h’ in ‘høf..’. While doubting the existence of the form ófir = váfir, Jón offered no alternative explanation. It seems at least as likely that yfir should belong with þegja to form the expression þegja yfir e-u ‘keep silent about something’. Kock suggested høfum = œfum (from Low German oven ‘exercise, do’ [NN §2490]), but one does not expect a Low German loan-word in a text of this date.

References

  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. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  4. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1833. Brot af Placidus-drápu. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  5. Jón Helgason. 1932-3. ‘Til skjaldedigtningen’. APS 7, 150-68.
  6. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  7. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  8. Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1887. ‘Plácítúsdrápa’. In Opuscula Philologica: Mindre Afhandlinger, 210-64.
  9. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.
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