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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 30VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 30’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 200.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

text and translation

Ok til aumra rekka
atvinnu gaf Þvinnils
vigg-Baldr víðrar foldar
verkkaup, þats sér merkði.
Fast helt lundr ok leynði
linnvengis trú sinni
hlunndýrs heiðna runna
ttnæfr við goð sôttum,

Ok {{{Þvinnils víðrar foldar} vigg}-Baldr} gaf verkkaup, þats merkði sér, til atvinnu aumra rekka. {Hôttnæfr lundr {linnvengis}} helt fast sôttum við goð ok leynði trú sinni {heiðna runna {hlunndýrs}},
‘And the Baldr <god> of the horse of the wide land of Þvinnill <sea-king> [(lit. ‘horse-Baldr of the wide land of Þvinnill’) SEA > SHIP > SEAFARER] gave the wages, which he had set aside for himself, for the support of poor men. The virtuous tree of the serpent-ground [GOLD > MAN] held fast to his agreements with God and concealed his faith from the heathen trees of the animal of the launching-roller [SHIP > SEAFARER],

notes and context

The wording of this st. corresponds very closely to the C text of the prose saga (Louis-Jensen 1998, cxxiv), except for the kennings, while the Lat. and A texts state only that Plácitus took his wages, and do not refer to his giving of alms or his concealing his Christian faith from heathens.



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 30: AI, 613, BI, 614, Skald I, 299; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 23, 51, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 237, Louis-Jensen 1998, 107-8.


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