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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Ǫrvar-Odds saga 47 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur, 14) — Oddr [Vol. 8, 860]

[All]: This stanza refers to a short episode in the saga (Ǫrv 1888, 86-9; Ǫrv 1892, 45-6) immediately following Oddr’s and Hjálmarr’s encounter with the viking Skolli in England. They sail from there south to Skien according to 344a and the younger mss, but east to Norway and to the Götaälv (við Elfina) according to 7, and there they fight a battle with two kings, one named Hlǫðver, the other Haki (the latter named only in the younger mss), who had thirty ships. Ten ships attack the heroes as they are lying close to the shore, and, in a tough fight, the heroes prevail, but then they are attacked by the other twenty. Eventually, both kings and their armies are killed, but most of Oddr’s force is killed too.


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