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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 34VII/3 — Yggjar ‘of Yggr’

Minntisk gramr, þás gumna
gunndjarfra vas þarfi,
Yggjar leik hvé auka
endr Plácitus kenndi.
Vellmeiðis bað víða
vígteitr konungr leita;
gnótt hét góðs, þeims mætti,
gramr, svinnan hal finna.

Gramr minntisk, hvé Plácitus kenndi endr auka leik Yggjar, þás vas þarfi gunndjarfra gumna. Vígteitr konungr bað leita vellmeiðis víða; gramr hét gnótt góðs, þeims mætti finna svinnan hal.

The king recalled how Plácitus once knew how to intensify the game of Yggr <= Óðinn> [BATTLE], when he was in need of battle-bold men. The strife-glad king bade [his men] search for the gold-destroyer [GENEROUS MAN] far and wide; the king promised an abundance of riches to the one who might find the wise man.


[3] Yggjar: ‘ygg[...]ar’ 673b, 673bFJ, ‘yggiar’ 673bÞH




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