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Anon Pl 37VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 37’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 204.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

Kvaddi krapti prýddan
Krists rǫdd ara nisti:
‘Dýrð hittir þik dróttins
dygg; skal*a þú nú hryggvask.
Tíð kømr, sóknar seiða
sendir, þér at hendi
enn, sús yðr mun finna
auð ok veg fyr nauðir’.

Rǫdd Krists kvaddi {nisti ara}, prýddan krapti: ‘Skal*a þú nú hryggvask; dygg dýrð dróttins hittir þik. Tíð kømr enn at hendi þér, {sendir {seiða sóknar}}, sús mun finna yðr auð ok veg fyr nauðir’.

The voice of Christ spoke {to the feeder of the eagle} [WARRIOR], adorned with power: ‘You shall not now be sorrowful; the noble glory of the Lord will come upon you. The time is yet to come for you, {mover {of the fish of attack}} [SWORD > WARRIOR], which will bring you riches and honour instead of affliction’.

Mss: 673b(4r)

Readings: [2] Krists: ‘crist’ 673b;    ara: ‘[...]ra’ 673b, 673bFJ, ‘ata’ 673bÞH;    nisti: ‘nist[...]’ 673b, ‘niste’ 673bÞH, ‘nister’ 673bFJ    [4] skal*a: ‘skalla’ 673b

Editions: Skj AI, 614, Skj BI, 616, Skald I, 300; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 26, 54, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 239, Louis-Jensen 1998, 111.

Notes: [1] krapti ‘with power’: Or possibly ‘with virtue’ — [4] skal*a ‘shall not’: Emendation proposed by Finnur Jónsson 1887. Cf. Nj 1875-8, II, 51-2. — [5] seiða (gen. pl.) ‘of the fish’: Seiðr is a saithe or coalfish.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Nj 1875-89 = Konráð Gíslason and Eiríkur Jónsson. 1875-89. Njála: Udgivet efter gamle håndskrifter. Íslendingasögur udgivne efter gamle haandskrifter af Det Kongelige Nordiske Oldskrift-selskab 4. Copenhagen: Thiele.
  3. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1833. Brot af Placidus-drápu. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  4. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1887. ‘Plácítúsdrápa’. In Opuscula Philologica: Mindre Afhandlinger, 210-64.
  6. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.

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