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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

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.

Mss: 673b(4v)

Readings: [1] orð*: ‘orðr’ 673b;    urðu: ‘vrþ[...]’ 673b, ‘vrþo’ 673bFJ    [2] oddregns: ‘odd[...](e)gns’(?) 673b, ‘oddregns’ 673bÞH, 673bFJ;    hvat*endr: ‘huatiendr’ 673b    [4] fundu: ‘[...]ndo’ 673b, ‘fvndo’ 673bÞH, ‘f[...]ndo’ 673bFJ    [6] hugfylldr: ‘hug[...]ylldr’ 673b, ‘[...]ylldr’ 673bÞH, ‘hug fylldr’ 673bFJ    [8] endr þá: ‘en[...]þa’ 673b, ‘en[...]a’ 673bÞH, ‘endr þa’ 673bFJ

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

Notes: [All]: 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).


  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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