Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 125 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 55)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 932.
|Brögnum þrimr buðu skatnar
margir síðan metorð þaðra,
|en ek þeygi þat þiggja vilda; |
urðu báðir þar bræðr eptir.
Margir skatnar buðu síðan þrimr brögnum metorð þaðra, en ek vilda þeygi þiggja þat; báðir bræðr urðu þar eptir.
Many men then offered noble status there to the three heroes, but I did not want to accept that; both brothers remained behind there.
Mss: 343a(81r), 471(95v), 173ˣ(64ra-b) (Ǫrv)
Readings:  skatnar: síðan 471, þaðra 173ˣ  síðan: þar 471  metorð: með orð 471; þaðra: skatnar 471, 173ˣ  en ek þeygi þat: so 471, en ek þeyi 343a, en ek þat þeygi 173ˣ  vilda: so 471, vildi 343a, 173ˣ  báðir: so 471, mínir 343a, mínir báðir 173ˣ  þar bræðr eptir: so 471, 173ˣ, bræðr báðir eptir þar 343a
Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IX 55: AII, 316, BII, 335, Skald II, 180; Ǫrv 1888, 205-6, FSGJ 2, 357.
Notes: [All]: This stanza relates to a small section of the prose text (not in ms. 7) that follows on from an episode in which Oddr and his companions encounter Christians in Aquitaine and accept Christianity (Ǫrv 1888, 114). Oddr is restless and decides to move on, but Guðmundr and Sigurðr remain behind. — [All]: Although for consistency
343a is taken as main ms. for this stanza, 471 has the best text of ll. 5-8. —  þrimr brögnum ‘to the three heroes’: That is, to Oddr and his
two kinsmen, Guðmundr and Sigurðr. — [5-8]: Ms. 471’s version of these lines is the only one that is metrically regular, assuming that the ek ‘I’ of l. 5 was probably not original. Boer prints 471’s text here, and so does this edn; Skj B and Skald delete mínir ‘my’ in l. 7 (in both 343a and 173ˣ) and produce a word order for ll. 7-8 that does not occur in any ms., namely urðu bræðr þar | báðir eptir ‘both brothers remained behind there’. FSGJ reproduces 343a’s text of ll. 7-8. — [7, 8] báðir … bræðr ‘both … brothers’: According to the prose text (Ǫrv 1888, 20-1) Guðmundr was a brother of Oddr, but Sigurðr was their father Grímr’s sister’s son.