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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Ǫrvar-Odds saga 113 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa, 43) — Oddr [Vol. 8, 921]

[1]: Sóti is the name of a formidable viking opponent of Oddr’s, according to the prose text (Ǫrv 1888, 54-9), though in Hjálm Lv 9/4 (Ǫrv 19), another man named Sóti is said to be one of Hjálmarr’s companions. See Note to this line. Interestingly, ch. 6 of ÓH in Hkr (ÍF 27, 6) describes King Óláfr Haraldsson’s encounter with a viking called Sóti at a place named Sótasker ‘Sóti’s skerry’ which is said to be located í Svíaskerjum ‘in the skerries of the Swedes’. One or other of either Ǫrv or Hkr may be the borrower of such similar and otherwise unattested material. The name Sóti ‘Sooty’ occurs elsewhere as a horse-heiti (cf. Anon Þorgþ I 1/6III and Note).


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