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Anon Pl 34VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 34’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 202-3.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa
333435

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Minntisk gramr, þás gumna
gunndjarfra vas þarfi,
Yggjar leik hvé auka
endr Plácitus kenndi.
Vellmeiðis bað víða
vígteitr konungr leita;
gnótt hét góðs, þeims mætti,
gramr, svinnan hal finna.

Gramr minntisk, hvé Plácitus kenndi endr auka {leik Yggjar}, þás vas þarfi gunndjarfra gumna. Vígteitr konungr bað leita {vellmeiðis} víða; gramr hét gnótt góðs, þeims mætti finna svinnan hal.
 
‘The king recalled how Plácitus once knew how to intensify the game of Yggr <= Óðinn> [BATTLE], when he was in need of battle-bold men. The strife-glad king bade [his men] search for the gold-destroyer [GENEROUS MAN] far and wide; the king promised an abundance of riches to the one who might find the wise man.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa 34: AI, 613-14, BI, 615, Skald I, 299; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 25, 53, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 238, Louis-Jensen 1998, 109.

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