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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 48VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 48’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 211.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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Herferðar rak harðan
hyr-Þróttr í styr flótta
odda þings ok eyddi
eirlaust heruð þeira,
áðr fyr rán, þats réðu
randlinns stafar vinna,
gjald, sem goðs þegn vildi,
gjalfrhests metendr festu.

{{{Odda þings} hyr-}Þróttr} rak harðan flótta herferðar í styr ok eyddi eirlaust heruð þeira, áðr {metendr {gjalfrhests}} festu gjald, sem {þegn goðs} vildi, fyr rán, þats {stafar {randlinns}} réðu vinna.
‘The Þróttr <= Óðinn> of the fire of the assembly of spears [(lit. ‘fire-Þróttr of the assembly of spears’) BATTLE > SWORD > WARRIOR] vigorously pursued the retreat of the troops in battle and mercilessly harried their districts, until the appraisers of the sea-stallion [SHIP > SEAFARERS] fixed such compensation as God’s retainer [HOLY MAN] wished for the pillaging, which the staves of the shield-serpent [SWORD > WARRIORS] had committed.

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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 48: AI, 616, BI, 619, Skald I, 301; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 30, 59, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 241, Louis-Jensen 1998, 116-17.


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