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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 41VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 41’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 206-7.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

text and translation

Bôru orð*, ok urðu,
oddregns hvat*endr, fegnir,
heiðins grams af hljóði,
hjǫrva lund es fundu.
Hodda Baldr til hildar
hugfylldr koma skyldi
alla tígn ok eignask,
endr þás lét af hendi.

{Hvat*endr {oddregns}} bôru orð* heiðins grams af hljóði ok urðu fegnir, es fundu {lund hjǫrva}. {Hugfylldr Baldr hodda} skyldi koma til hildar ok eignask alla tígn, þás lét endr af hendi.
‘The inciters of the spear-rain [BATTLE > WARRIORS] carried the word of the heathen king in secret and became glad when they found the tree of swords [WARRIOR]. The courage-filled Baldr <god> of hoards [MAN] was to come to the battle and regain all the honour which he had previously abandoned.

notes and context

There is a close similarity in wording between this st. and the C text of the prose saga, in contrast to the Lat. and A texts (Louis-Jensen 1998, cxxiv).



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 41: AI, 615, BI, 617, Skald I, 300; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 27-8, 56, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 240, Louis-Jensen 1998, 113.


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