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).
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 2 December 2021)
Skj: Oddi lítli Glúmsson: Lausavísur (AI, 529-30, BI, 509-10)
SkP info: II, 618
4 — Oddi Lv 4II
Cite as: Judith Jesch (ed.) 2009, ‘Oddi inn litli Glúmsson, Lausavísur 4’ 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, p. 618.
Oddi Lv 4-5 are both about Oddi’s fellow-poet and -crusader, Þorbjǫrn svarti (Þsvart), and are both in kviðuháttr metre, which might suggest that they have been extracted from a longer poem in praise of Þorbjǫrn; however, there is no other evidence for this. The sts are cited without any intervening prose in Orkn (ÍF 34, 230-31) and the adverbial at the beginning of Lv 5 refers back to the p. n. in the last l. of Lv 4. It therefore seems preferable to see them as two linked lvv. Flat is the main ms. for Lv 4 and R702ˣ has been chosen as the main ms. for Lv 5.
context: While Rǫgnvaldr and his troop were spending time in Acre, they were assailed by disease and many men died, including Þorbjǫrn svarti.
texts: ‹Flat 717›,
editions: Skj Oddi lítli Glúmsson: Lausavísur 4 (AI, 530; BI, 510); Skald I, 250; Flat 1860-8, II, 486, Orkn 1887, 175, Orkn 1913-16, 254, ÍF 34, 230 (ch. 88), Bibire 1988, 237.