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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 35VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 35’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 203.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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Brœðr riðu Byrfils skíða
beitis tveir at leita
ár, þeirs ítrum vôru
endr Plácito á hendi.
Fundu Gylfa grundar
glaðríðanda umb síðir;
unnar fúrs né ærir
afrendan bǫr kenndu.

Tveir brœðr, þeirs vôru endr á hendi ítrum Plácito, riðu ár at leita {beitis {skíða Byrfils}}. Fundu umb síðir {{{grundar Gylfa} glað}ríðanda}; ærir né kenndu {afrendan bǫr {fúrs unnar}}.
‘Two brothers, who were formerly in the service of the glorious Plácitus, rode out early to look for the steerer of the skis of Byrfill <sea-king> [SHIPS > SEAFARER]. At length they found the rider of the horse of the ground of Gylfi <sea-king> [(lit. ‘the horse-rider of the ground of Gylfi’) SEA > SHIP > SEAFARER]; the messengers did not recognise the powerful tree of the fire of the wave [GOLD > MAN].

notes and context



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 35: AI, 614, BI, 615-16, Skald I, 299, NN §1252; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 25, 53, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 238, Louis-Jensen 1998, 110.


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