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Sigurðr (Sigurðr)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

VIII. Lausavísur (Lv) - 2

Lausavísur — Sigurðr LvVIII (Ǫrv)

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

stanzas:  1   2 

SkP info: VIII, 852

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2 — Sigurðr Lv 2VIII (Ǫrv 39)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 39 (Sigurðr, Lausavísur 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 852.

Oddr, vartu eigi
út með Girkjum,
þá er á Serkjum
sverð vár ruðum.
Gerðum harðan
hljóm ísarna;
fellu fyrðar
í fólkroði.


Oddr, you were not abroad among the Greeks, when we reddened our swords on the Saracens. We made {the harsh music of iron weapons}; [BATTLE] men fell in {the army-reddening}. [BATTLE]

context: Sigurðr brings Oddr another horn and speaks this stanza.

notes: This stanza follows a common pattern of the mannjafnaðr, repeated in Ǫrv 42-8 and 51, in which the challenger mentions a fight or adventure in which he took part, but in which his opponent was notably absent, and implies that this was because of the opponent’s cowardice. Boer (1892b, 131) argued that this stanza’s reference to the Greeks and the Saracens indicates that it could not have been composed before the crusades of the C12th. However, the Serkir and Serkland are mentioned in several skaldic poems of the C11th (LP: Serkir and Serkland) as well as on several Swedish rune stones (see Note to l. 3 below). 

texts: Ǫrv 39

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga VII 6 (Sig. - AII, 298; BII, 318); Skald II, 169, NN §2406; Ǫrv 1888, 160, Ǫrv 1892, 79, FSGJ 2, 313; Edd. Min. 66.  


Holm perg 7 4° (7) 54v, 14 - 54v, 15 (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
AM 344 a 4° (344a) 21v, 5 - 21v, 6 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a) 77r, 19 - 77r, 20 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 88v - 88v (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 27v, 24 - 27v, 26 (Ǫrv)  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated