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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 43VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 43’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 207-8.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

text and translation

Fúss gerði veg vísi
— varð gramr feginn harða,
heim es happs kom geymir —
hringlestanda mestan.
Setti þengill Þróttar
þingbeiði fðingja
ǫflugs lýðs, ok auði
ulfs fœði tók gœða.

Vísi gerði fúss mestan veg {hringlestanda}; gramr varð harða feginn, es {geymir happs} kom heim. Þengill setti {{Þróttar þing}beiði} fðingja ǫflugs lýðs, ok tók gœða {fœði ulfs} auði.
‘The ruler eagerly bestowed the greatest honour on the ring-destroyer [GENEROUS MAN]; the king became very glad when the minder of good luck [MAN] came home. The prince appointed the demander of the assembly of Þróttr <= Óðinn> [(lit. ‘the assembly-demander of Þróttr’) BATTLE > WARRIOR] leader of the powerful troop and began to endow the feeder of the wolf [WARRIOR] with riches.

notes and context

[5-8]: The wording of this helmingr shows similarities with the C text of the prose saga in contrast to the Lat. and A texts (Louis-Jensen 1998, cxxv).



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 43: AI, 615, BI, 618, Skald I, 300, NN §2138; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 28, 57, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 240, Louis-Jensen 1998, 114.


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