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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Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd ÆvdrVIII (Ǫrv))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, 936

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60 — ǪrvOdd Ævdr 60VIII (Ǫrv 130)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 130 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 60)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 936.

Þýddumz ek hjá Hildi,         hoska ok stóra,
raunsjáliga         rísa dóttur,
ok við henni         heldr sterkligan
ítran son         eiga gerðak,
ok ólíkan         öðrum þegnum.

Ek þýddumz hjá Hildi, hoska ok stóra, raunsjáliga dóttur rísa, ok gerðak eiga við henni heldr sterkligan ítran son, ok ólíkan öðrum þegnum.

I had a relationship with Hildr, the wise and large one, the stately daughter of the giant, and I had with her a very strong, glorious son, who was [lit. and] unlike other men.

Mss: 343a(81r), 471(95v), 173ˣ(64va) (Ǫrv)

Readings: [1] Þýddumz ek hjá Hildi: þar var ek svá at þýddumz ek 471, þýddumz ek 173ˣ    [2] hoska ok stóra: om. 471, 173ˣ    [7] ítran son: om. 173ˣ    [8] gerðak: gerðum 471, gerði 173ˣ    [10] öðrum þegnum: ossum niðjum 471

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IX 60: AII, 317, BII, 336, Skald II, 180; Ǫrv 1888, 206, FSGJ 2, 358-9.

Notes: [All]: The mss of this stanza display considerable variation and uncertainty about both line length and line sequence. In both 343a and 471 the stanza has ten lines, though in both not all are metrically regular. Ms. 173ˣ has eight lines, but omits two that are in 343a. Line 2 of 343a is omitted by both the other mss. Most eds enclose ll. 9-10 in square brackets and treat them as later additions. — [All]: For the subject of this stanza, cf. Ǫrv 30. The theme of the hero who has a sexual relationship with a friendly giantess and produces an outstanding male child is common to other fornaldarsögur, especially those of the Hrafnistumenn, like Ket and GrL. On the significance of the hero-giantess relationship, see McKinnell (2009b).  — [1]: In 471 the line is prefaced by the words þar var ek svá at ‘I was there so that’; most eds omit ek ‘I’, and some (Skj B and Skald) also omit hjá ‘with, at the place of’. — [1] Hildi ‘Hildr’: In the prose texts, the giantess’s name is given as Hildigunnr (Ǫrv 1888, 121); only 343a actually gives her name in this stanza, perhaps suggesting that it was not originally present there. — [7] ítran son ‘a glorious son’: Oddr’s and Hildigunnr’s son Vignir is destined to fight with his father against Oddr’s most powerful opponent, Ǫgmundr Eyþjófsbani, and to be killed by him (Ǫrv 1888, 130-3). This episode is the subject of the following stanza, Ǫrv 131.

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