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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 50VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 50’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 212-13.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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Hús átti sér hættin
hress í garði þessum
(fekk strengjar þar Þungra)
Þéopista (sér vistar),
síz jarðar fjǫr firrðisk,
fránbaugs, sás tók hána,
undins látrs, frá ítrum
endr Plácito, sendir.

Hættin, hress Þéopista átti sér hús í garði þessum; {Þungra strengjar} fekk sér þar vistar, síz {sendir {látrs {undins fránbaugs jarðar}}}, sás tók hána endr frá ítrum Plácito, firrðisk fjǫr.
‘The virtuous, energetic Theopista had a house in this orchard; the Þungra <= Freyja> of the ribbon [WOMAN] settled there after the distributor of the ground of the twisted shining ring of the earth [= Miðgarðsormr > GOLD > GENEROUS MAN], the one who had once taken her from the glorious Placitus, left this life.

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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 50: AI, 616, BI, 619, Skald I, 301, NN §1256; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 31, 60, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 242, Louis-Jensen 1998, 117-18.


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