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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 31VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 31’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 200-1.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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unz hvardyggvan hugga
happmildr konungr vildi
láðhofs lyp*ti-Móða
leggjar farms í harmi,
þás við huggun hôva
herstefni* réð efna
siðbjóðr snotra lýða
sín heit friðar veitir.

unz {happmildr konungr {láðhofs}} vildi hugga {lyp*ti-Móða {farms leggjar}}, hvardyggvan, í harmi, þás {siðbjóðr snotra lýða}, {veitir friðar}, réð efna heit sín {herstefni*} við hôva huggun.
‘until the mercy-granting king of the earth-temple [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] wished to comfort the bearing-Móði <god> of the cargo of the arm [GOLD > MAN], honourable in everything, in his sorrow, when the faith-bringer to wise men [= Christ], the giver of peace [= Christ], fulfilled his promise to the army-ruler [WARRIOR] with supreme consolation.

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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 31: AI, 613, BI, 614-15, Skald I, 299, NN §1250; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 23-4, 52, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 237, Louis-Jensen 1998, 108.


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