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Anon Pl 57VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 57’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 218.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

Gerðu, grœnnar jarðar,
fug es …izk hǫfðu,
eklaust ítrum þakkir
ǫll … gram snjǫllum,
áðr til Rúms frá rómu
rekka sveit með teitri
sigrgladdr snilli prýddri
sóknstœrandi fœri.

Ǫll gerðu eklaust þakkir {ítrum, snjǫllum gram {… grœnnar jarðar}}, esfug hǫfðu …izk, áðr {sigrgladdr sóknstœrandi} fœri frá rómu til Rúms með teitri, snilli prýddri sveit rekka.

They all gave thanks profusely {to the glorious, brave ruler {… of the green earth}} [SKY/HEAVEN? > = God], when the noble ones had …, before {the victory-glad attack-increaser} [WARRIOR] returned from the battle to Rome with the cheerful, courage-adorned band of men.

Mss: 673b(5v)

Readings: [2] fug es …izk: ‘go[...]o[...]esck’ 673b, ‘gott[...]resck’ 673bÞH, ‘goþu[...]resck’ 673bHE, ‘go[...]esck’ 673bFJ    [4] ǫll …: ‘[...]’ 673b, 673bÞH, ‘[...]gu’ 673bFJ    [6] rekka sveit: ‘[...]’ 673b, 673bÞH, rekka sveit(?) 673bSE, ‘[...]it’ 673bFJ    [7] prýddri: ‘[...]rvd[...]’ 673b, ‘[...]ruþ[...]’ 673bÞH, ‘[...]rvd[...]’ 673bFJ    [8] sóknstœrandi: ‘[...]nde’ 673b, ‘[...]ande’ 673bÞH, 673bFJ, sóknstærandi(?) 673bSE

Editions: Skj AI, 618, Skj BI, 621, Skald I, 302, NN §2813; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 34, 64, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 244, Jón Helgason 1932-3, 166-7, Louis-Jensen 1998, 122.

Notes: [2] esfug ‘when the noble ones’: Emendation proposed by Jón Helgason 1932-3. — [2] …izk: Finnur (Skj A) conjectured fundizk ‘been reunited’ for this lacuna, but there is no evidence from the hendingar or alliteration. — [3] ǫll ‘all’: Emendation proposed by Finnur Jónsson 1887. Although the ms. is illegible here, ǫll is very likely to be the correct reading on the basis of the rhyme and alliteration. — [4] : Jón Helgason 1932-3, who thought he could make out two <a>s, proposed tjalda ‘of the tents’ here. Finnur Jónsson 1887 (but not Skj A) read the last two letters of the word as <gu>. — [7] rekka sveit ‘band of men’: This reading is found in Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s notes to the transcription of the poem, but is not incorporated into his text of Pl. — [7] prýddri ‘adorned’: Emendation proposed by Finnur Jónsson 1887.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj A = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15a. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. A: Tekst efter håndskrifterne. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1967. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1833. Brot af Placidus-drápu. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  4. Jón Helgason. 1932-3. ‘Til skjaldedigtningen’. APS 7, 150-68.
  5. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  6. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  7. Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1887. ‘Plácítúsdrápa’. In Opuscula Philologica: Mindre Afhandlinger, 210-64.
  8. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.
  9. Internal references
  10. Not published: do not cite (KrókV)
  11. Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Plácitusdrápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 179-220.

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