Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

Menu Search

Anon Pl 59VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 59’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 220.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

Inn bað með sér svinnan
snarfengr í hof þengill
— ítr hnekkir stóð úti
angrsPlácitum ganga.
‘Blót’, kvað gramr inn grimmi,
gagni í sókn ok fagna
kvôn hittir þú

Snarfengr þengill bað svinnan Plácitum ganga með sér inn í hof; {ítr hnekkir angrs} stóð úti. ‘Blót’, kvað inn grimmi gramr, ‘ok fagna gagni í sókn; þú hittir kvôn

The vigorous prince told the wise Plácitus to go with him into the temple; {the glorious subduer of sin} [HOLY MAN] stood outside. ‘Sacrifice’, said the fierce king, ‘and rejoice for your victory in battle; you found your wife ...’

Mss: 673b(5v)

Readings: [1] svinnan: svinnat 673b    [2] snarfengr í hof: ‘snar[...]of’ 673b, snarfengr í hof(?) 673bSE    [4] angrs Plácitum: ‘[...]itum’ 673b, ‘[...] placitum’ 673bFJ    [5, 6] inn grimmi gagni í sókn: ‘[...]isocn’ 673b, 673bFJ, ‘[...]socn’ 673bÞH, ‘[...]son’ 673bHE

Editions: Skj AI, 618, Skj BI, 622, Skald I, 302; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 34, 65, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 244, Louis-Jensen 1998, 123.

Notes: [5-6] inn grimmi ... gagni ‘the fierce ... for your victory’: Emendation proposed by Finnur Jónsson 1887.


  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. Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1887. ‘Plácítúsdrápa’. In Opuscula Philologica: Mindre Afhandlinger, 210-64.
  5. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.

Log in

This service is only available to members of the relevant projects, and to purchasers of the skaldic volumes published by Brepols.
This service uses cookies. By logging in you agree to the use of cookies on your browser.


Stanza/chapter/text segment

Use the buttons at the top of the page to navigate between stanzas in a poem.

Information tab

Interactive tab

The text and translation are given here, with buttons to toggle whether the text is shown in the verse order or prose word order. Clicking on indiviudal words gives dictionary links, variant readings, kennings and notes, where relevant.

Full text tab

This is the text of the edition in a similar format to how the edition appears in the printed volumes.

Chapter/text segment

This view is also used for chapters and other text segments. Not all the headings shown are relevant to such sections.