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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ormarr (Ormarr)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 4

not in Skj

Lausavísur — Ormarr LvVIII (Heiðr)

Hannah Burrows (forthcoming), ‘ Ormarr, Lausavísur’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 18 September 2021)

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SkP info: VIII, 474

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1 — Ormarr Lv 1VIII (Heiðr 102)

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Cite as: Hannah Burrows (ed.) 2017, ‘Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks 102 (Ormarr, Lausavísur 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 474.

Skal ek víst ríða
ok rönd bera,
Gotna þjóðum
gunni at heyja.


I shall certainly ride and bear a shield, to wage war with the people of the Goths.

context: In spring the Huns gather a vast army and ride to the land of the Goths. Hervǫr Heiðreksdóttir, half-sister of Angantýr and Hlǫðr, sees the approaching forces from the watchtower of her stronghold and has the trumpet blown to raise her army. She instructs her foster-father Ormarr to ride to meet the Huns and challenge them to battle, and Ormarr replies with this half-stanza.

notes: Edd. Min. and Heiðr 1873 make purely conjectural suggestions loosely based on the surrounding prose to create an eight-line stanza. — [3]: ÍF Edd. conjecturally adds bjóða ‘invite, offer’ to the end of the line, but this does not make it metrical. — [4]: The same line occurs in HHund I 52/6 and HHund II 23/3.

texts: Heiðr 102

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 5. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hervararsaga VII 1 (AII, 254; BII, 273); Skald II, 142; Heiðr 1672, 172, FSN 1, 497, Heiðr 1873, 277, Heiðr 1924, 148, FSGJ 2, 60, Heiðr 1960, 53 (Heiðr); Edd. Min. 7, NK 307, ÍF Edd. II, 425.


AM 203 folx (203x) 111r, 17 - 111r, 17 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
UppsUB R 715x (R715x) 33v, 6 - 33v, 7 (Heiðr)  transcr.  image  
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