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Anon Pl 8VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 187.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

Unnit engla kennir
aldyggr við bǫl styggum
lýteigs lengi at fága
logbeiði sið heiðinn,
þás sinnar trú svinnan
sjaldspurðum atburði
fleinrjóð fylkir lýða
flærðvarr gǫtu lærði.

{Aldyggr kennir engla} unnit {{{lýteigs} log} beiði}, styggum við bǫl, at fága lengi heiðinn sið, þás {flærðvarr fylkir lýða} lærði {svinnan fleinrjóð} gǫtu sinnar trú sjaldspurðum atburði.

{The all-good knower of angels} [= God] did not allow {the demander {of the fire {of the fish-field}}} [(lit. ‘fish-field’s fire-demander’) SEA > GOLD > MAN], shy of evil, to cultivate heathen practice[s] for long, when {the deceit-wary ruler of mankind} [= God] taught {the wise spear-reddener} [WARRIOR] the way of his faith by an unusual event.

Mss: 673b(1v)

Readings: [3] teigs: ‘lyteigir’ 673b    [5] svinnan: ‘suennan’ 673b    [6] atburði: ‘at þvrþi’ 673b    [8] gǫtu: ‘g[...]to’ 673b, ‘goto’ 673bÞH

Editions: Skj AI, 609, Skj BI, 608-9, Skald I, 296; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 14, 42, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 231, Louis-Jensen 1998, 97.

Notes: [8] gǫtu ‘the way’: Emendation supplied by Finnur Jónsson 1887; Sveinbjörn Egilsson has ‘gøto’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1833. Brot af Placidus-drápu. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1887. ‘Plácítúsdrápa’. In Opuscula Philologica: Mindre Afhandlinger, 210-64.
  5. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.

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