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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ǫrvar-Oddr (ǪrvOdd)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 32

not in Skj

Lausavísur — ǪrvOdd LvVIII

Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd LvVIII)

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SkP info: VIII, 824

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4 — ǪrvOdd Lv 4VIII (Ǫrv 12)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 12 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 824.

Hér eru rekkar         reiðir komnir,
tírarlausir         fara tólf saman.
Einn skal við einn         eiga orrostu
hvatra drengja,         nema hugr bili.

Reiðir rekkar eru hér komnir, tírarlausir fara tólf saman. Einn skal við einn eiga orrostu hvatra drengja, nema hugr bili.

Angry warriors have come here, the inglorious ones travel twelve together. One should fight a battle of keen fighters against one, unless his courage fails.

Mss: 344a(17r), 343a(68r), 471(74v) (Ǫrv); 2845(63v), R715ˣ(10r) (Heiðr, ll. 5-8)

Readings: [1] Hér eru: þit eruð 471;    rekkar: so 343a, halir 344a, 471    [2] reiðir: harðir 471;    komnir: so 343a, 471, om. 344a    [3] tírarlausir: tírarlausir af tréskipum traustir drengir 343a    [4] fara: ok eru 343a, 471    [6] eiga orrostu: orrostu heyja 343a, 471, R715ˣ, eiga nema sé deigr 2845    [7] hvatra: hraustra R715ˣ    [8] nema: eða 2845

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga III 8: AII, 292, BII, 312, Skald II, 166; Ǫrv 1888, 99, Ǫrv 1892, 54, FSGJ 2, 255; Heiðr 1924, 11, 99, Heiðr 1960, 7; Edd. Min. 63.

Context: In Ǫrv, Oddr speaks this stanza immediately after Angantýr’s challenge in Ǫrv 11. In Heiðr there is an intervening prose exchange between Hjálmarr and Oddr about which of them will have the honour of taking on Angantýr in single combat. Hjálmarr asserts that he is the principal in the combat (hǫfuðsmaðr þessar hólmgǫngu), and as such goes forward to fight with Angantýr. The version of Ǫrv 12 in Heiðr is then represented as Oddr’s challenge to the berserks to come and fight in single combat.

Notes: [All]: Once more the two sagas present different versions of the stanza. In Ǫrv the first helmingr is essentially an expansion of the words of the Heiðr version of Ǫrv 8/5-6. Both 344a and 343a have considerable metrical and alliterative irregularities in ll. 1-4, and it is necessary to use 343a selectively (with 344a as base text) to obtain a metrical first helmingr. The Heiðr text of this stanza corresponds to the second helmingr in the Ǫrv version, and in 2845 reads: Einn skal eiga við einn, nema sé deigreða hugr hvatra drengja bili ‘One shall fight [lit. “have”] with one, unless he be soft or his courage fail’. Although R715ˣ has only this second helmingr, it corresponds more closely to ll. 5-8 of the Ǫrv version than to that of 2845.

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