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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ǫrvar-Oddr (ǪrvOdd)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Ævidrápa (Ævdr) - 71

not in Skj

Ævidrápa — ǪrvOdd ÆvdrVIII (Ǫrv)

Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd ÆvdrVIII (Ǫrv))

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddsaga IX (AII, 306-19, BII, 324-39)

SkP info: VIII, 917

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

38 — ǪrvOdd Ævdr 38VIII (Ǫrv 108)

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance

 

Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 108 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 38)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 917.

Rann ek at víðri
vagns slóðgötu,
áðr ek strengvölum
stríðum mættak.
Munda ek Ásmund
auði mínum
aptr ódáinn
öllum kaupa.

 

I ran along a wide waggon trackway, before I met with {fierce bow-string sticks}. [ARROWS] I would [rather] buy Ásmundr back to life with all my riches.

notes: This stanza is found in all mss, and twice in 343a, 471 and 173ˣ. It relates to an episode that takes place in Ireland, according to the saga (Ǫrv 1888, 70-1), during which Oddr and Ásmundr are alone together in a wood, when suddenly an unseen assailant sends an arrow flying out of the trees. It scores a direct hit on Ásmundr, who falls down dead. Oddr flies into a rage, and rampages about the countryside killing people with his own magic arrows. He encounters an Irish woman, whose kin he had killed, and who strikes a bargain with him, that she will make him a magic protective shirt if he refrains from taking vengeance on her family for the killing of Ásmundr. In the saga prose, Oddr recites st. 108 to Hjálmarr who has asked if Oddr has avenged Ásmundr’s killing.

texts: LaufE 94 (299n) [1-4], LaufE 148 (385n) [1-4], Ǫrv 108

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IX 38 (AII, 312-13; BII, 332); Skald II, 178; Ǫrv 1888, 77, 203, Ǫrv 1892, 40, 98, FSGJ 2, 240, 351-2; Edd. Min. 55.

sources

Holm perg 7 4° (7) 50r, 12 - 50r, 14 (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
AM 344 a 4° (344a) 13v, 2 - 13v, 4 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 567 IV 4° (567IV) 2va, 9 - 2va, 11 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a*) 65v, 23 - 65v, 24 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a*) 81r, 10 - 81r, 11 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471*) 71r - 71r (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471*) 95r - 95r (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x*) 30r, 24 - 30r, 31 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x*) 63ra, 18 - 63ra, 25 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 33v, 27 - 33v, 28 (Ǫrv)  
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