Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 37 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur 7)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 850.
|Þú látt, Sjólfr, soðgólfi á,
dáða vanr ok dýrs hugar,
|en ek út með Akvitánum |
fjóra menn fjörvi næmðak.
Sjólfr, þú látt á soðgólfi, vanr dáða ok dýrs hugar, en ek næmðak fjóra menn fjörvi út með Akvitánum.
Sjólfr, you lay on the kitchen floor, lacking in achievements and splendid mettle, but I deprived four men of life out among the people of Aquitaine.
Mss: 7(54v), 344a(21v), 343a(77r), 471(88v) (Ǫrv)
Readings:  Sjólfr: ‘Sio’ 343a, ‘sc’ 471  soðgólfi á: í soðgólfi 343a, 471  ok dýrs: ‘oduarfs’ 344a; hugar: hugr 471  en ek út: þá er ek einn út 344a  með Akvitánum: í Akvitánja 344a, á Akvitánja 343a, 471  næmðak: rænta 344a
Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga VII 4: AII, 298, BII, 317, Skald II, 169; Ǫrv 1888, 160, Ǫrv 1892, 79, FSGJ 2, 312; Edd. Min. 66.
Notes: [All]: A standard insult, suggesting that Sjólfr was both lazy (or drunk) and engaged in menial kitchen tasks while Oddr was achieving renown as an active warrior on foreign adventures. For a similar contrast between kitchen activities and martial prowess see Án 4/5-8 and Note to [All]. The metre of this stanza is kviðuháttr, with l. 6 in málaháttr. —  á soðgólfi ‘on the kitchen floor’: Lit. ‘on the
broth-floor’. —  með Akvitánum ‘among the people of Aquitaine’: The reading of 7. All the other mss give the name Akvitánja, a region of south-west France. Oddr here alludes to an episode that takes place earlier in Ǫrv, when he was travelling in southern Europe. There are differences between the accounts of the various mss, although all associate Oddr’s adventure with his encounter with Christianity and his prime-signing by a local bishop; in 7 the location is in Sicily and the Greek islands. Akvitánjaland is said to be the headquarters of four chieftains who are terrorising Sicily. Oddr undertakes to get rid of them and does so successfully. At this point in the narrative, 7 cites Ævdr 53 (Ǫrv 123), which also refers to Aquitaine. In 344a and the younger mss the episode takes place in Akvitánjaland which is a region of Valland ok Frakkland ‘Gaul and the land of the Franks’ (Ǫrv 1888, 112-18) and the four men are highwaymen who assault and decapitate a bishop as he is riding along in company with a group of priests. Oddr kills the robbers, cuts off all their heads and goes back to the local church, where he returns the bishop’s head to his congregation. —  fjörvi ‘the lives’: Lit. ‘the