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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Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd ÆvdrVIII (Ǫrv))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, 942

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66 — ǪrvOdd Ævdr 66VIII (Ǫrv 136)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 136 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 66)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 942.

Skaut ek ei skemra         en skilfingar;
var léttskafin         lind í hendi.
Réðum síðan         sunds at kosta;
lét ek báða þá         blóði snýta.

Ek skaut ei skemra en skilfingar; léttskafin lind var í hendi. Réðum síðan at kosta sunds; ek lét þá báða snýta blóði.

I did not shoot shorter than the princes; a lightly shaved linden spear-shaft was in my hand. Then we contended in swimming; I gave both of them bloody noses.

Mss: 343a(81v), 471(96r), 173ˣ(64vb) (Ǫrv)

Readings: [1] ei: so 173ˣ, eigi 343a, om. 471    [2] skilfingar: so 471, 173ˣ, ‘skilmingar’ 343a    [7] lét ek báða þá: so 471, lét ek þá báða 343a, þá lét ek báða 173ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IX 66: AII, 318, BII, 337-8, Skald II, 181; Ǫrv 1888, 207, FSGJ 2, 360.

Notes: [4] lind ‘the linden spear-shaft’: Lind more often refers to a shield made of linden wood, but here the hap. leg. adj. léttskafin ‘lightly shaved’ makes it more likely that a spear-shaft is meant. — [7-8] ek lét þá báða snýta blóði ‘I gave both of them bloody noses’: Lit. ‘I caused them both to blow their noses with blood’. According to the prose saga (Ǫrv 1888, 154-5) Oddr forces both Sigurðr and Sjólfr down under water for so long that when they surface blood trickles from their noses.

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