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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Ǫrvar-Odds saga 52 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur, 19) — Oddr [Vol. 8, 866]

[All]: This stanza has twelve lines in all mss except in 173ˣ, which omits ll. 5-8. Some eds have suggested that the stanza belonged originally to Oddr’s Ævdr and was later taken into the mannjafnaðr with ll. 9-12 added to make it fit. Edd. Min., for example, includes it in the Ævdr. The stanza alludes to an adventure Oddr undertook (Ǫrv 1888, 108-13; Ǫrv 1892, 61-3) immediately after he had taken Hjálmarr’s corpse and armour to the Swedish court. He sails with ten ships to Gotland where he hears tell of a viking named Sæviðr (in 7) or Sæundr (344a, 173ˣ) or Sæmundr (343a, 471). Oddr comes off badly in the encounter that follows; all his men are killed and he is wounded and shackled. He manages to escape, takes revenge on the viking by killing his men as they slept, and the two enemies scour Gotland looking for each other. Finally Oddr comes upon Sæviðr’s camp and kills him and fourteen others.


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