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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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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

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.

Mss: 673b(3v-4r)

Readings: [1] gramr: ‘graar’ 673b;    þás: ‘þa [...]’ 673b, ‘þa er’ 673bÞH, 673bFJ    [3] Yggjar: ‘ygg[...]ar’ 673b, 673bFJ, ‘yggiar’ 673bÞH;    leik: ‘[...]’ 673b, ‘læik’ noted as unclear 673bÞH, ‘leik’ 673bFJ    [5] Vellmeiðis: ‘vel[...]mei[...]’ 673b, ‘vellmeidrs’ or ‘vellmeidis’ 673bÞH, ‘vel[...] mei|þer’ 673bFJ

Editions: Skj AI, 613-14, Skj BI, 615, Skald I, 299; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 25, 53, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 238, Louis-Jensen 1998, 109.



  1. Bibliography
  2. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1833. Brot af Placidus-drápu. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1887. ‘Plácítúsdrápa’. In Opuscula Philologica: Mindre Afhandlinger, 210-64.
  5. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.

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