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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Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd ÆvdrVIII (Ǫrv))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, 919

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41 — ǪrvOdd Ævdr 41VIII (Ǫrv 111)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 111 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 41)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 919.

Vara, sem brynja
eða bláir hringar
ísköld um mik
áðan felli,
þá er of síður
gulli saumuð,
gekk fastofin.


It was not like when a mail-coat or dark mailrings fell ice-cold around me previously, when the silken shirt, sewn with gold, went firmly woven about my sides.

notes: In the saga prosimetrum this stanza follows immediately upon Ǫlvǫr Lv 1 (Ǫrv 4) (q. v.), in which the Irish woman Ǫlvǫr describes how the magic shirt she has woven for Oddr is made up of parts woven in six different locations. In the younger mss, 343a, 471 and 173ˣ, the stanza also appears in the continuous Ævdr. Oddr’s stanza contrasts the feel of the magical silken shirt, which will protect him from several kinds of harm, with the ice-cold sensation of putting on metal armour. Ǫlvǫr has previously assured him that the shirt will prevent him from feeling the cold and hunger pangs, will protect him from fire and fatigue while swimming, and from all weapons, provided he does not run away from fights. These properties are proven in various of Oddr’s adventures later in the saga.

texts: Ǫrv 111

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IX 41 (AII, 313; BII, 332); Skald II, 178; Ǫrv 1888, 81, 203, Ǫrv 1892, 43, 98, FSGJ 2, 243, 352-3; Edd. Min. 55.


Holm perg 7 4° (7) 50v, 6 - 50v, 8 (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
AM 344 a 4° (344a) 14r, 17 - 14r, 19 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 567 IV 4° (567IV) 2vb, 21 - 2vb, 23 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a*) 66r, 13 - 66r, 14 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a*) 81r, 14 - 81r, 15 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471*) 71v - 71v (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471*) 95r - 95r (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x*) 31v, 1 - 31v, 8 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x*) 63rb, 9 - 63rb, 16 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 34r, 2 - 34r, 3 (Ǫrv)  
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