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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 58VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 58’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 219.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

text and translation

Né víghressa vissi
†vel… …is†
tírmildr tiggja þeira
— Trájánus
Óþǫrfu bað erfi
ítrstyrkr …
andrán Adriánus
ǫrva móts …

Trájánus …; né vissi tírmildr †vel… …is† þeira víghressa tiggja. Ítrstyrkr Adriánus bað andrán {… {móts ǫrva}} óþǫrfu erfi …
‘Trajan …; the gloriously merciful … did not know … of their battle-zealous prince. The magnificently powerful Hadrian gave orders that the death … of the meeting of arrows [BATTLE > WARRIOR?] … with a harmful funeral feast …

notes and context

At this point in the prose versions, the Emperor Trajan dies and the new Emperor, Hadrian, orders the preparation of a pagan funeral feast involving sacrifices.



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 58: AI, 618, BI, 621, Skald I, 302, NN §3; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 34, 64, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 244, Jón Helgason 1932-3, 167-8, Louis-Jensen 1998, 122-3.


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