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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hildigunnr (Hildigunnr)

ed. Hannah Burrows;

VIII. Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

not in Skj

Lausavísa — Hildigunnr LvVIII (Ǫrv)

Margaret Clunies Ross (forthcoming), ‘ Hildigunnr, Lausavísa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 6 December 2021)


SkP info: VIII, 843

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

1 — Hildigunnr Lv 1VIII (Ǫrv 30)

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance


Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 30 (Hildigunnr, Lausavísa 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 843.

According to the prose text of Ǫrv, after the Samsø episode Oddr takes Hjálmarr’s body back to Sweden and stays there for a while, but soon embarks on new adventures, including an expedition south to Normandy, France and the Mediterranean, which culminates in his bathing in the River Jordan. Two stanzas relating to these adventures are recorded as lausavísur in ms. 7, and these are also found as ǪrvOdd Ævdr 53 and 52 (Ǫrv 123 and 122) in the younger mss. The younger mss 343a, 471 and 173ˣ now introduce a new adventure in Giantland (Risaland) that is not in either 7 or 344a, in which Oddr is snatched up by a huge vulture and transported to its eyrie to serve as food for its young. He is rescued by a giant named Hildir, who takes Oddr to meet his family. To the giant Oddr seems incredibly small and he wonders how such a child can be so intelligent.

Ǫrv 30 is in mss 343a and 471, while 173ˣ has a different version of the narrative at this point. 343a is taken as main ms.

Tuttr litli
ok toppr fyr nefi;
meiri var Goðmundr
í gær borinn!


Tiny tot with a tuft of hair before your nose; Goðmundr was bigger, born yesterday!

context: The giant Hildir hands Oddr over to his daughter Hildigunnr as a plaything, and she speaks Ǫrv 30 as she dandles him on her knee, comparing him with her father’s baby son Goðmundr, who was born on the previous day but is now much bigger than Oddr.

notes: [1-2]: Neither of these lines is metrical, but l. 1 could be made so either by desyllabification of tuttr or by the insertion of the def. art. inn (tuttr inn litli). — [3]: In 471 this line is written on the first line of the page and the upper parts of the letters have been cut off, together with superscript abbreviations. It seems to have read meiri var hann Goðmundr.

texts: Ǫrv 30

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga V (Risadóttir - AII, 296; BII, 316); Skald II, 168; Ǫrv 1888, 121, FSGJ 2, 274.


AM 343 a 4° (343a) 70v, 40 - 70v, 40 (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 79r - 79r (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 18v, 18 - 18v, 19 (Ǫrv)  
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