Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 138 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 68)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 944.
notes: For the background to this stanza, see Introduction to Ǫrv 59-70. In 7 the stanza is cited at the end of the Bjálkaland episode and immediately after Oddr has killed this pagan country’s king, Álfr bjálki, with a club made of oak wood. In the other mss the stanza is not cited at this point, but appears in the continuous Ævdr as st. 68. — The first helmingr of the stanza has a somewhat different wording in the younger mss, as follows: Sóttum sverði | seggja kindir | ok trégoðum | týndum þeira ‘We [I] attacked the sons of men with the sword and destroyed their wooden gods’. This version is printed by Skj B and Skald, but they follow a mixed text in the second helmingr. — [3-4]: See the very similar lines in Ǫrv 60/3-4 and Note to l. 3.
texts: ‹Ǫrv 138›
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IX 68 (AII, 318; BII, 338); Skald II, 181; Ǫrv 1888, 185, 207-8, Ǫrv 1892, 92, 99, FSGJ 2, 361; Edd. Min. 58.