Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 38 (Sjólfr, Lausavísur 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 851.
|Þú hefir, Oddr, farit með ölmusum
ok bitlinga borit af borði,
|en ek einn af Úlfsfjalli |
höggvinn skjöld í hendi bark.
Oddr, þú hefir farit með ölmusum ok borit bitlinga af borði, en ek einn bark höggvinn skjöld í hendi af Úlfsfjalli.
Oddr, you have gone about with paupers and taken titbits from the table, but I alone carried a shattered shield in my hand from Úlfsfjall.
Mss: 7(54v), 344a(21v), 343a(77r), 471(88v) (Ǫrv)
Readings:  farit: þegit 344a, om. 471  með ölmusum: ölmusu 344a  borit: beðit 344a; af: frá 343a; borði: borðit 344a, porti 343a, 471  Úlfs‑: yngs 344a, ygs 343a, yggs 471  höggvinn: högginn 344a  bark: bar 344a, 343a, 471
Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga VII 5: AII, 298, BII, 318, Skald II, 169; Ǫrv 1888, 160, Ǫrv 1892, 79, FSGJ 2, 313; Edd. Min. 66.
Context: After Oddr’s previous two stanzas, Sjólfr and Sigurðr drain their horns, and go over to Oddr again. Sjólfr presents him with another horn, and speaks Ǫrv 38.
Notes: [1-2]: Ms. 344a has a different text here, þú hefir, Oddr, þegit | ölmusu ‘Oddr, you have received alms’. This reading makes sense but is metrically deficient in l. 2. Boer (Ǫrv 1892, 107) understands the other mss’ reading þú hefir farit með ölmusum in the same sense as 344a’s, translating du … hast almosen angenommen ‘you … have received alms’, but Skj B and LP: ǫlmusa assume the same meaning as is given here. The noun ǫlmusa ‘alms, charity’ also has the sense ‘paupers, vagrants, imbeciles’ when used in the pl. The only other pl. usage of this word in Old Norse poetry comes in Anon Hsv 14/2VII, where it certainly refers to vagrants. —  borit … af borði ‘taken … from the table’: Skj B and Skald ‘improve’ this line metrically and alliteratively by emending to af borði þegit ‘received [titbits] from the table’, though no ms. has this reading. Mss 343a and 471 have af/frá porti ‘from the gate’ instead of ‘from the table’, and this reading gives single rather than double alliteration, so could be considered a lectio difficilior. The noun port ‘gate, door’ is a loan into Old Norse from Latin via Old English (AEW: port 1), the earliest citation for which is c. 1280 (ONP: port). — [5, 7]: These two lines are in kviðuháttr. —  af Úlfsfjalli ‘from Úlfsfjall’: An unknown and
probably fictional p. n. The readings of 343a and 471 could be understood to
refer to the god Óðinn, sometimes known as Yggr.