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Oddi Lv 4II

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2009, ‘Oddi inn litli Glúmsson, Lausavísur 4’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 618.

Oddi inn litli GlúmssonLausavísur
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introduction

Oddi Lv 4-5 are both about Oddi’s fellow-poet and -crusader, Þorbjǫrn svarti (Þsvart), and are both in kviðuháttr metre, which might suggest that they have been extracted from a longer poem in praise of Þorbjǫrn; however, there is no other evidence for this. The sts are cited without any intervening prose in Orkn (ÍF 34, 230-31) and the adverbial at the beginning of Lv 5 refers back to the p. n. in the last l. of Lv 4. It therefore seems preferable to see them as two linked lvv. Flat is the main ms. for Lv 4 and R702ˣ has been chosen as the main ms. for Lv 5.

text and translation

Bôru lung
lendra manna
fyr Þrasnes
Þórbjǫrn svarta.
Trað hlunnbjǫrn
und hǫfuðskaldi
Áta jǫrð
Akrsborgar til.

Lung lendra manna bôru Þórbjǫrn svarta fyr Þrasnes. {Hlunnbjǫrn} trað {jǫrð Áta} til Akrsborgar und hǫfuðskaldi.
 
‘The vessels of landed men carried Þórbjǫrn svarti (‘the Black’) past Þrasnes. The roller-bear [SHIP] trod the ground of Áti <sea-king> [SEA] to Acre beneath the chief skald.

notes and context

While Rǫgnvaldr and his troop were spending time in Acre, they were assailed by disease and many men died, including Þorbjǫrn svarti.

readings

sources

Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Oddi lítli Glúmsson, Lausavísur 4: AI, 530, BI, 510, Skald I, 250; Flat 1860-8, II, 486, Orkn 1887, 175, Orkn 1913-16, 254, ÍF 34, 230 (ch. 88), Bibire 1988, 237.

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