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Oddi inn litli Glúmsson (Oddi)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Judith Jesch;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 5

Oddi inn litli ‘the Small’ Glúmsson (Oddi) is only known from Orkn. He is said to have been one of two Icelanders (the other is Ármóðr (Árm)) who came to the court of Rǫgnvaldr jarl in Orkney one autumn. While Ármóðr is described as a skáld, of Oddi it is said that he orti enn vel ‘was also good at composing’ (ÍF 34, 200-1). Oddi is then said to have been one of the skáld jarls ‘skalds of the jarl’ who accompanied Rǫgnvaldr on his journey to the Holy Land (ÍF 34, 204). When Oddi is introduced, the main saga ms. (Flat) says that he was hjaltlenzkr ‘from Shetland’ but all eds have preferred the reading of two other mss, which say that he was an Icelander and which add that he was from Breiðafjörður (Orkn 1913-16, 221 and n. 1). His patronymic may suggest he was descended from Glúmr Geirason (GlúmrI), in whose family there were many poets (ÍF 34, 201 nn. 1-2).

Lausavísur — Oddi LvII

Judith Jesch 2009, ‘ Oddi inn litli Glúmsson, Lausavísur’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 614-19. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1315> (accessed 23 September 2021)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5 

Skj: Oddi lítli Glúmsson: Lausavísur (AI, 529-30, BI, 509-10)

SkP info: II, 614-16

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

1 — Oddi Lv 1II

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance

 

Cite as: Judith Jesch (ed.) 2009, ‘Oddi inn litli Glúmsson, Lausavísur 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 614-16.

Oddi’s lvv. (Oddi Lv 1-5) are transmitted in Orkn. All are in Flat and in R702ˣ and its copy 762ˣ. Additionally, the second helmingar of Lv 1 and Lv 2 are in the fragmentary ms. of the saga, 325I. None of the mss is clearly superior to the others and a separate choice of main ms. has been made for each st. Ms. 325I is taken as the main ms. for Lv 2, R702ˣ for Lv 1 and Flat for Lv 3. See also Introduction to Lv 4-5.

Stendr ok hyggr at hǫggva
herðilútr með sverði
bandalfr beiði-Rindi
Baldrs við dyrr á tjaldi.
Firum mun hann með hjǫrvi
hættr; s mál, at sættisk
hlœðendr hleypiskíða
hlunns, áðr geigr unninn.

 

{The elf {of the belt {of the begging-Rindr of Baldr}}} [(lit. ‘belt-elf of the begging-Rindr of Baldr’) = Frigg (ey ‘island’) > SEA (marr ‘sword’) > WARRIOR] stands bent-shouldered by the door on the tapestry and intends to strike with his sword. He will be dangerous to men with his sword; now it is time {for the loaders {of the leaping skis of the roller}} [SHIPS > SEAFARERS] to be reconciled, before an injury is inflicted.

context: At Christmas time, Rǫgnvaldr jarl challenged Oddi to compose a st. about one of his wall-hangings, at the same time as, and without using any of the words in, Rǫgnvaldr’s own st. (Rv Lv 13) on the same subject.

notes: See also Rv Lv 13. Quite how this simultaneous composition would have worked is not made clear; Orkn (ÍF 34, 202-3) introduces Lv 1 with Oddi kvað ‘Oddi said’ immediately after citing Rv Lv 13.

texts: Flat 697, Orkn 52

editions: Skj Oddi lítli Glúmsson: Lausavísur 1 (AI, 529; BI, 509); Skald I, 250, NN §2086; Flat 1860-8, II, 475, Orkn 1887, 154, Orkn 1913-16, 223, ÍF 34, 203 (ch. 85), Bibire 1988, 231.

sources

UppsUB R 702x (R702x) 45r, 18 - 45r, 21 (Orkn)  transcr.  image  
AM 325 I 4° (325I) 11r, 1 - 11r, 2 [4-8] (Orkn)  transcr.  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 139va, 27 - 139va, 29 (Orkn)  transcr.  image  image  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated