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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 47VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 47’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 210-11.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

text and translation

Hermanna fór hranna
hyrbrjótr liði at móti,
samr vas íkn at fremja
sik Plácitus, miklu.
Ógn stóð angrs af hegni;
ulfgœðendr þá flœðu;
þegn hlaut goðs fyr gagni —
gr háðisk vel — ráða.

{{Hranna hyr}brjótr} fór at móti miklu liði hermanna; Plácitus vas samr at fremja sik íkn. Ógn stóð af {hegni angrs}; {ulfgœðendr} flœðu þá; {þegn goðs} hlaut ráða fyr gagni; gr háðisk vel.
‘The destroyer of the fire of the waves [(lit. ‘fire-destroyer of the waves’) GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] went to meet a great host of warriors; Plácitus was disposed to distinguish himself in battle. Menace issued from the suppressor of sin [HOLY MAN]; the wolf-feeders [WARRIORS] fled then; God’s retainer [HOLY MAN] was able to gain the victory; the battle was fought well.

notes and context

[5-8]: The wording of this helmingr is much closer to the C text of the prose saga than 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 47: AI, 616, BI, 619, Skald I, 301, NN §§1255, 2493A, 2555; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 30, 59, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 241, Jón Helgason 1932-3, 159-60, Louis-Jensen 1998, 116.


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