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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Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd ÆvdrVIII (Ǫrv))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, 927

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50 — ǪrvOdd Ævdr 50VIII (Ǫrv 120)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 120 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 50)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 927.

Lét ek eigi þess
langt at bíða,
at Sæundi
at sjónum varð.
Unnu skatnar
skip mín hroðin,
en sjálfr þaðan
sunds kostaðak.


I did not let a long time pass before I was seen by Sæundr. Men cleared my ships, but I myself swam away from there.

notes: This laconic stanza refers to a rather foolhardy adventure Oddr undertakes immediately after he has returned to Sweden with Hjálmarr’s corpse. His viking opponent, who has many more ships than Oddr has, is named Sæundr in 344a and Sæviðr in 7, while the prose texts of 343a and 471 name him Sæmundr (Ǫrv 1888, 108-9). Sæundr and his men clear all Oddr’s ships, and he himself is wounded in the calf. Though he is captured and held aboard one of the enemy ships, he manages to break free and swim to safety. See further Ǫrv 52 and Note to [All], where the aftermath of this episode is recounted. — [8]: This line is very similar to Ív Sig 41/8II.

texts: Ǫrv 120

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IX 50 (AII, 315; BII, 334); Skald II, 179; Ǫrv 1888, 205, FSGJ 2, 355.


AM 343 a 4° (343a) 81r, 27 - 81r, 28 (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 95v - 95v (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x) 63vb, 18 - 63vb, 25 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 34r, 16 - 34r, 18 (Ǫrv)  
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