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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Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd ÆvdrVIII (Ǫrv))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, 928

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52 — ǪrvOdd Ævdr 52VIII (Ǫrv 122)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 122 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 52)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 928.

Sigldum síðan
suðr langt í haf,
áðr ek grunnsævi
grimmu mættak,
svá at einn saman
en öllu firðr
gumna sinni
gekk ek annan veg.


We sailed then a long way south in the ocean before I came upon treacherous shallows, so that I went another way alone and deprived of all company of men.

notes: [5-8]: There are several reasons to think that the younger mss’ version of this helmingr is less good than that of 7: first, the sense is dubious in context and it is unclear who the crowd of men are who travelled the roads to Hel. While it is clear that Oddr himself follows his baptism by travelling to the Holy Land and thus acquiring Christian virtue, the only people who could be seen as travelling the roads to Hel are a band of robbers who, in the episode referred to in Ævdr 53, attacked and killed a bishop, and were killed by Oddr in return.

texts: Ǫrv 122

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IX 52 (AII, 315; BII, 334-5); Skald II, 179; Ǫrv 1888, 117, 205, Ǫrv 1892, 65, 99, FSGJ 2, 356; Edd. Min. 57.


Holm perg 7 4° (7) 52r, 32 - 52r, 33 (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a) 81r, 29 - 81r, 31 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 95v - 95v (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x) 64ra, 2 - 64ra, 9 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 34r, 20 - 34r, 21 (Ǫrv)  
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