Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Oddi inn litli Glúmsson (Oddi)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Judith Jesch;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 5

Skj info: Oddi lítli Glúmsson, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 529-30, BI, 509-10).

Skj poems:
Lausavísur

Oddi inn litli ‘the Small’ Glúmsson (Oddi) is only known from Orkn. He is said to have been one of two Icelanders (the other is Ármóðr (Árm)) who came to the court of Rǫgnvaldr jarl in Orkney one autumn. While Ármóðr is described as a skáld, of Oddi it is said that he orti enn vel ‘was also good at composing’ (ÍF 34, 200-1). Oddi is then said to have been one of the skáld jarls ‘skalds of the jarl’ who accompanied Rǫgnvaldr on his journey to the Holy Land (ÍF 34, 204). When Oddi is introduced, the main saga ms. (Flat) says that he was hjaltlenzkr ‘from Shetland’ but all eds have preferred the reading of two other mss, which say that he was an Icelander and which add that he was from Breiðafjörður (Orkn 1913-16, 221 and n. 1). His patronymic may suggest he was descended from Glúmr Geirason (GlúmrI), in whose family there were many poets (ÍF 34, 201 nn. 1-2).

Lausavísur — Oddi LvII

Judith Jesch 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Oddi inn litli Glúmsson, Lausavísur’ 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, pp. 614-19.

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Skj: Oddi lítli Glúmsson: Lausavísur (AI, 529-30, BI, 509-10)

in texts: Flat, Orkn

SkP info: II, 614-19

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1 Stendr ok hyggr at hǫggva
herðilútr með sverði
bandalfr beiði-Rindi
Baldrs við dyrr á tjaldi.
Firum mun hann með hjǫrvi
hættr; nús mál, at sættisk
hlœðendr hleypiskíða
hlunns, áðr geigr sé unninn.
The elf of the belt of the begging-Rindr <giantess> of Baldr <god> [(lit. ‘belt-elf of the begging-Rindr of Baldr’) = Frigg (ey ‘island’) > SEA (marr ‘sword’) > WARRIOR] stands bent-shouldered by the door on the tapestry and intends to strike with his sword. He will be dangerous to men with his sword; now it is time for the loaders of the leaping skis of the roller [SHIPS > SEAFARERS] to be reconciled, before an injury is inflicted.
2 Trautt erum vér, sem ek vætti,
verðir Ermingerðar,
— veitk, at horsk má heita
hlaðgrund konungr sprunda —
þvít sómir Bil bríma
bauga stalls at ǫllu
— hon lifi sæl und sólar
setri — miklu betra.
We are hardly worthy of Ermingerðr, as I expect—I know that the wise headband-ground [WOMAN] can be called a king among women—, because [something] altogether much better befits the Bil <goddess> of the flame of the standing-place of rings [ARM/HAND > GOLD > WOMAN]; may she live blessed under the seat of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN].
3 Hafði hollvinr lofða,
hinns mjǫð drekkr inni
sunda logs með sveigi,
sjau dœgr muni hœgri.
En ríklundaðr renndi
Rǫgnvaldr með lið skjaldat
hesti halli glæstum
hlunns at Nǫrvasundum.
The loyal friend of men [I, the poet], who drinks mead indoors with the bender of the fire of straits [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN = Rǫgnvaldr], has had seven considerably more comfortable days. And mighty-spirited Rǫgnvaldr ran the horse of the roller [SHIP], adorned with paint, with a shield-equipped troop, to the Straits of Gibraltar.
4 Bôru lung
lendra manna
fyr Þrasnes
Þórbjǫrn svarta.
Trað hlunnbjǫrn
und hǫfuðskaldi
Áta jǫrð
Akrsborgar til.
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.
5 Þar sák hann
at hǫfuðkirkju
siklings vin
sandi ausinn.
Nú þrumir grund
grýtt of hônum
sólu birt
á suðrvegum.
There I saw him, friend of the prince, sprinkled with sand at the chief church. Now stony ground, brightened by the sun, lies still over him in southern parts.
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