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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 30 (Angantýr Arngrímsson, Lausavísur, 2) — Angantýr [Vol. 8, 391]

[4-6]: Angantýr’s words are ambiguous here. The ‘two who lived’ are Hjálmarr and Ǫrvar-Oddr (cf. ǪrvOdd Lv 3/6 (Ǫrv 10) en vit tveir lifa ‘but we two will live’), though Hjálmarr only lived long enough to recite his death-song, Ǫrv 14-29. Angantýr appears to be trying to mislead Hervǫr (and cf. her response in the following stanza, Herv Lv 12 (Heiðr 31)), implying that his slayers kept the sword and that the einn ‘one’ of l. 6 is Ǫrvar-Oddr. His words are not outright untruths, though, since Hjálmarr and Ǫrvar-Oddr did have the sword in the immediate aftermath of his death, before burying it with him, and the einn could apply to Angantýr himself.


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