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Anon Pl 4VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 184-5.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

Heim kom hodda geymir;
hagat … vel þvís sagði
viggþollr … dyggva
Vinnils konu sinni.
(Seims) kvað sér í draumi,
(svǫr veitti þau bǫrvi)
menreið mána slóðar
mjúklynd konung sýndan.

{Geymir hodda} kom heim; {{Vinnils vigg}þollr} … vel hagat, þvís sagði konu sinni dyggva … {Mjúklynd menreið} kvað {konung {slóðar mána}} sýndan sér í draumi; veitti þau svǫr {bǫrvi seims}.

{The keeper of hoards} [MAN] came home; {the tree {of the horse of Vinnill <sea-king>}} [(lit. ‘the horse-tree of Vinnill’) SHIP > SEAFARER] … behaved well in telling his wife the excellent … {The gentle necklace-bearer} [WOMAN] said that {the king {of the path of the moon}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] had appeared to her in a dream; she gave these answers {to the tree of gold} [MAN].

Mss: 673b(1r)

Readings: [1] geymir: ‘[...]’ 673b, geymir 673bFJ    [5] Seims: ‘seis’ 673b, 673bÞH, seims 673bFJ;    kvað sér: ‘[...]’ 673b, ‘qvaþ ser’ 673bFJ    [6] svǫr: ‘suaʀ’ 673b;    bǫrvi: ‘bavr[...](e)’(?) 673b, ‘bavrve’ 673bÞH, 673bFJ    [7] menreið: ‘[...]reiþ’ 673b, ‘men reiþ’ 673bFJ    [8] konung: ‘kon[...]’ 673b, 673bHE, kona 673bÞH, konung 673bFJ

Editions: Skj AI, 608, Skj BI, 607, Skald I, 296, NN §2491; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 12, 40, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 230, Jón Helgason 1932-3, 151-2, Louis-Jensen 1998, 94-5.

Notes: [2] … vel: Jón Helgason proposed lét, which would fit well with the p.p. hagat. Kock proposed vann (NN §2491). Skj B omits as here. — [3] : The metre requires a two-syllable word starting with v. Jón Helgason suggested vitrun ‘vision’, which was adopted in Skald and in Louis-Jensen 1998. However, vitrun is otherwise only found in C14th poetry. Skj B has of vann. — [5-8]: Cf. the wording of these ll. with C, 54-5: Mier sýndist í nótt í svefni … sem hann siálfur kiæmi til myn ‘It appeared to me last night in a dream … as if he himself came to me’ (Louis-Jensen 1998, cxxii). — [8] mjúklynd ... sýndan: The same aðalhending (-lyndum ... sýndisk) occurs in st. 7/4. Such rhymes become increasingly common after C12th, usually when the vowels are followed by more than one consonant (cf. Kuhn 1977a, 528).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1833. Brot af Placidus-drápu. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  4. Jón Helgason. 1932-3. ‘Til skjaldedigtningen’. APS 7, 150-68.
  5. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  6. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  7. Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1887. ‘Plácítúsdrápa’. In Opuscula Philologica: Mindre Afhandlinger, 210-64.
  8. Kuhn, Hans (1899). 1977a. ‘Hendingstudien’. In Einar Gunnar Pétursson et al. 1977, 2, 517-32.
  9. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.

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