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Anon Pl 26VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 197-8.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

Ok þás heiptar hnekkir
harmtvistr sona missti,
dýrðar vôttr — við dróttin
dælt gerði sér — mæ*lti:
‘Éls, halt við mik máli
(míns freistat nú) þínu,
frægr valderir foldar
(framar en Jóbs ins gamla).

Ok þás {harmtvistr hnekkir heiptar} missti sona, mæ*lti {vôttr dýrðar} — gerði sér dælt við dróttin —: ‘Halt við mik máli þínu, {frægr valderir {foldar éls}}; nús mín freistat framar en ins gamla Jóbs.

And when {the sorrow-muted subduer of wrath} [HOLY MAN] lost his sons, {the witness of glory} [MARTYR] spoke — addressed the Lord familiarly —: ‘Keep your promise to me, {renowned ruler {of the ground of the storm}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]; now I have been tried harder than Job the old [was].

Mss: 673b(3r)

Readings: [4] mæ*lti: ‘metlte’ 673b    [6] ns: ‘mier’ 673b    [7] foldar: ‘f[...]dar’ 673b, foldar 673bÞH, 673bFJ

Editions: Skj AI, 612, Skj BI, 613, Skald I, 298, NN §1248; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 21-2, 50, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 236, Louis-Jensen 1998, 105-6.

Notes: [1] heiptar ‘of wrath’: Ms. ‘heifstar’. The ‘s’ may be etymological (cf. ANG §291, Anm. 2 and §237, Anm. 2). Cf. 31/3. — [3] vôttr dýrðar ‘witness of glory’: With this expression for a martyr, cf. the same phrase in ESk Geisl 62/3 and Note ad loc. — [3] við dróttin ‘the Lord’: Kock (NN §1248) points out that this prepositional phrase could just as well belong to the cl. with mælti, i.e. ‘... spoke to the Lord – addressed [him] familiarly...’.


  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. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1887. ‘Plácítúsdrápa’. In Opuscula Philologica: Mindre Afhandlinger, 210-64.
  6. ANG = Noreen, Adolf. 1923. Altnordische Grammatik I: Altisländische und altnorwegische Grammatik (Laut- und Flexionslehre) unter Berücksichtigung des Urnordischen. 4th edn. Halle: Niemeyer. 1st edn. 1884. 5th unrev. edn. 1970. Tübingen: Niemeyer.
  7. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.
  8. Internal references
  9. Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 62’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 57-8.

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