Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 124 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 54)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 931.
|Þat var fyrri, at ek fat senda
orð inum nyrztum niðjum mínum.
|Varð ek svá feginn fundi þeira |
sem hungraðr haukr bráðum.
Þat var fyrri, at ek fat senda inum niðjum nyrztum orð mínum. Ek varð svá feginn fundi þeira sem hungraðr haukr bráðum.
It happened previously that I sent word to my most northerly kinsmen. I was as joyful at meeting them as a famished hawk at [finding] raw flesh.
Mss: 343a(81r), 471(95v), 173ˣ(64ra) (Ǫrv)
Readings:  fat: fór 471, fór at 173ˣ [3-4] ok öllum þeim | orð hin mestu | niðjum mínum | á norðrvega 471, öllum orð | niðjum mínum 173ˣ  Varð: var 471  bráðum: eptir bráðum 173ˣ
Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IX 54: AII, 315-16, BII, 335, Skald II, 180; Ǫrv 1888, 205, FSGJ 2, 356-7.
Notes: [All]: There now follow ten
stanzas that are only in the younger mss; 343a is used as main ms. for these. — [All]: There is considerable textual variation between the mss of this stanza, and that of 471 is expanded to ten rather than eight lines by creating four lines out of ll. 3-4. The stanza’s subject matter relates to the reunion between Oddr and his kinsmen Sigurðr and Guðmundr who had gone north to Hrafnista while he had been engaged in viking expeditions further south. According to the prose text, this reunion occurs before Oddr and his kinsmen sail to Southern Europe (Ǫrv 1888, 112-13), so before the events described in Ǫrv 52 and 53. The adv. fyrri ‘previously’ in l. 1 may indicate the composer’s awareness of this chronology. Ms. 471 reverses the order of Ǫrv 53 and 54, suggesting the copyist or a predecessor understood the correct sequence of events. — [3-4]: Ms. 471 creates four lines
where the other two mss have two, reading (as prose order) ok orð hin mestu öllum þeim niðjum
mínum á norðrvega ‘and [sent] the strongest
[lit. greatest] words to all my kinsmen in the northern regions’. —  nyrztum ‘most northerly’: Skj B, Skald, FSGJ and this edn prefer the variant nyrztum (cf. ANG §441), but 343a’s nýztum is accepted by Boer (Ǫrv 1888, 205). — [5-8]: These lines are remarkably similar to HHund II 43/1-4 (NK 159), which read: Nú em ec svá fegin | fundi ocrom | sem átfrekir | Óðins haukar ‘Now I am as glad at our meeting as the food-greedy hawks of Óðinn’. The adj. feginn ‘glad’ is also found in other poems of the Poetic Edda as well as in romance literature (cf. Kommentar IV, 783). It seems very likely that the composer of Ǫrv 124 adapted the helmingr from HHund II 43, which is addressed by the valkyrie Sigrún to her lover Helgi, to the subject of Oddr’s meeting with his kinsmen. — [7-8] sem hungraðr haukr ‘as a famished hawk’: All eds except FSGJ emend the sg. adj. and noun of the mss to the pl. hungraðir haukar ‘famished hawks’ to give metrical lines, but the same effect can be achieved by normalising both words to a C14th standard so that both show desyllabification of ‑r to ‑ur. Haukur is already desyllabified in 343a. The problem with emending to the pl. noun and adj. is that the comparison between Oddr’s joy at seeing his relatives and a hawk finding fresh meat seems to require a sg. comparator in both cases. As these lines are only in the younger mss, there is no chronological impediment to presuming late composition; the use of a simile is unusual and possibly indicative of late composition also or of direct borrowing from another poem (see Note to ll. 5-8 above).