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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Ǫrvar-Odds saga 10 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur, 3) — Oddr [Vol. 8, 822]

[All]: This stanza is a riposte or correction to Hjálmarr’s prediction in the previous stanza. Oddr asserts that the situation will be the opposite of what Hjálmarr imagines, viz. the berserks will be the ones to die (be Óðinn’s guests) and they two will survive. Hence, ll. 3-6 represent a variation on ll. 5-8 of Ǫrv 9 in both the Heiðr and Ǫrv mss. Lines 1-2 differ in the two traditions, and that of the sole Ǫrv ms. at this point, 344a, is obviously corrupt. A later hand has tried to correct it. Boer (Ǫrv 1888, 1892) read En ek þvíat einu | orþi hnekti (hnektak Ǫrv 1892), translating with a prose order En ek hnekta því eino orðe ‘Aber ich wies solches nur mit diesem anspruch zurück’ (Ǫrv 1892, 103), ‘But I dismissed this with a single claim’. See further, for this emended text, Boer’s discussion (1892b, 124 and n. 1). Edd. Min. has a similar text in square brackets based on 344a. Both Skj (A and B) and Skald follow the Heiðr text of this stanza, as does the present edn.


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