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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 9VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 9’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 187-8.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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‘Hræzkat vǫrðr, þótt verðir,
— vest traustr ok ger hraustla —
fremðar lystr, í freistni,
fránskíðs, af mér, Vánar.
Þinn mun huggun hreinni,
hers skins, trega minka,
enn skalt, ôrr, til þinnar
ástskýrðr koma dýrðar.’

‘Hræzkat, {fremðar lystr vǫrðr {fránskíðs Vánar}}, þótt verðir í freistni af mér; vest traustr ok ger hraustla. Hreinni huggun mun minka trega þinn; {ôrr {skins hers}}, enn skalt koma, ástskýrðr, til dýrðar þinnar.’
‘‘Do not fear, glory-desiring keeper of the shining ski of Vôn <river> [SHIP > SEAFARER], even though you come into trial through me; be confident and act bravely. With pure consolation I will lessen your sorrow; messenger of the shine of war [SWORD > WARRIOR], yet you shall come, purified by love, to your glory.’

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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 9: AI, 609, BI, 609, Skald I, 296, NN §2131; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 14, 43, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 232, Jón Helgason 1932-3, 152-3, Louis-Jensen 1998, 97.


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