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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

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.

Mss: 673b(5r)

Readings: [1] harðan: ‘h[...]þan’ 673b, ‘harþan’ 673bÞH, 673bFJ    [3] eyddi: ‘[...]de’ 673b, ‘eydde’ 673bSE, 673bFJ, ‘rydde’ 673bÞH    [4] heruð: ‘horoþ’ 673b    [5] þats réðu: ‘þat[...]’ 673b, 673bÞH, ‘þat er reþo’(?) 673bSE, ‘þat es reþo’ 673bFJ    [7] vildi: ‘[...]lde’ 673b, ‘vildi’(?) 673bSE, ‘vallde’ 673bÞH, ‘valde’ 673bFJ    [8] gjalfrhests: ‘giafr hestc’ 673b, 673bFJ, ‘giafr betsc’ 673bÞH;    festu: ‘(f)esto’(?) 673b, 673bFJ, ‘lesto’ 673bÞH

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

Notes: [8] gjalfrhests ‘of the sea-stallion’: Emendation proposed in Nj 1875-8, II, 45-6.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Nj 1875-89 = Konráð Gíslason and Eiríkur Jónsson. 1875-89. Njála: Udgivet efter gamle håndskrifter. Íslendingasögur udgivne efter gamle haandskrifter af Det Kongelige Nordiske Oldskrift-selskab 4. Copenhagen: Thiele.
  3. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1833. Brot af Placidus-drápu. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  4. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1887. ‘Plácítúsdrápa’. In Opuscula Philologica: Mindre Afhandlinger, 210-64.
  6. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.

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