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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 55VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 55’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 216-17.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

Ok fjǫlkostig fýstisk
fóstrlanda til stranda
hauka klifs, þás hafði,
hyrgrund, sonu fundna.
Fljótt bað fylgju veita
fenglóðar sér tróða
liðs hǫfðingja leyfðan
Langbarða til jarðar.

Ok {fjǫlkostig {{klifs hauka} hyr}grund} fýstisk til stranda fóstrlanda, þás hafði fundna sonu. {Tróða {fenglóðar}} bað fljótt leyfðan hǫfðingja liðs veita sér fylgju til {jarðar Langbarða}.

And {the many-virtued ground {of the fire {of the cliff of the hawks}}} [(lit. ‘fire-ground of the hawks’ cliff’) ARM > GOLD > WOMAN] longed for the shores of her homeland after she had found her sons. {The stick {of the fen-fire}} [GOLD > WOMAN] quickly asked the esteemed commander of the army to give her escort to {the land of the Langobards} [= Italy].

Mss: 673b(5v)

Readings: [2] fóstrlanda: ‘fost[...] landa’ 673b;    stranda: ‘[...]’ 673b, 673bÞH, 673bFJ, ‘branda’(?) 673bSE, ‘stranda’(?) 673bSkjA    [4] sonu: ‘so[...]’ 673b, ‘sono’ 673bÞH, 673bFJ    [6] sér tróða: ‘[...]a’ 673b, ‘ser troþa’ 673bSE, 673bFJ    [8] til jarðar: ‘[...]’ 673b, 673bÞH, ‘til iarþar’ 673bSE, 673bFJ

Editions: Skj AI, 617, Skj BI, 621, Skald I, 302; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 33, 63, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 243, Louis-Jensen 1998, 121.

Notes: [All]: Cf. the A2 version of the prose text Bid eg þig … ad þű flytir mig aptur til minar fosturjardar ‘I ask you … that you take me back to my homeland’ (Tucker 1998, 59, ll. 297-8). — [2] stranda (gen. pl.) ‘coast’: Finnur Jónsson in Skj A claimed this reading in the ms. was temlig sikkert ‘fairly certain’, although the transcription in his 1887 edn indicates the ms. was then illegible at this point, as it is now. Sveinbjörn Egilsson read (or conjectured?) branda, but had to emend til to á vit to make sense of the text.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj A = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15a. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. A: Tekst efter håndskrifterne. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1967. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  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. Tucker, John, ed. 1998. Plácidus saga. EA B 31. Copenhagen: Reitzel.
  7. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.

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