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Anon Pl 18VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 193.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa
171819

Dýrðhittir bað dróttin
dagbœjar sér tœja;
hæst gat hrjóðr við freistni
hugborð móins storðar.
Hlaut, sás œztr es ýta,
íðn Plácitus fríða;
Evstákíus ævi
albazta sér valði.

{Dýrðhittir} bað {dróttin {dagbœjar}} tœja sér; {hrjóðr {storðar móins}} gat {hæst hugborð} við freistni. Plácitus, sás œztr es ýta, hlaut fríða íðn; Evstákíus valði sér albazta ævi.

{The acquirer of glory} [HOLY MAN] bade {the lord {of the daylight-home}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] help him; {the destroyer {of the ground of the serpent}} [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] received {the highest mind-board} [COURAGE] in the face of trial. Plácitus, who is the best of men, was allotted a glorious task; Eustace chose for himself the very best life.

Mss: 673b(2v)

Readings: [5-8] abbrev. as ‘hlaut sa es e. e.i.’ 673b

Editions: Skj AI, 611, Skj BI, 611, Skald I, 297; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 18, 47, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 234, Louis-Jensen 1998, 102.

Notes: [4] hugborð ‘mind-board’: I.e. breast and consequently courage (cf. Meissner, 135). The only other instance in skaldic poetry is Þorm Lv 3/4V, but the word is also found in prose in Saga Sigurðar Jórsalafara (Fms 7, 143/13; cf. Fritzner: hugborð). — [5-8]: Stef 1, cf. st. 11.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  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. Meissner = Meissner, Rudolf. 1921. Die Kenningar der Skalden: Ein Beitrag zur skaldischen Poetik. Rheinische Beiträge und Hülfsbücher zur germanischen Philologie und Volkskunde 1. Bonn and Leipzig: Schroeder. Rpt. 1984. Hildesheim etc.: Olms.
  7. Fritzner = Fritzner, Johan. 1883-96. Ordbog over det gamle norske sprog. 3 vols. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske forlagsforening. 4th edn. Rpt. 1973. Oslo etc.: Universitetsforlaget.
  8. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.
  9. Internal references
  10. Not published: do not cite (Þorm Lv 3V (Fbr 19))
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