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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ǫrvar-Oddr (ǪrvOdd)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 32

not in Skj

Lausavísur — ǪrvOdd LvVIII

Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd LvVIII)

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SkP info: VIII, 866

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

19 — ǪrvOdd Lv 19VIII (Ǫrv 52)

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance

 

Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 52 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur 19)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 866.

Gekk ek um Gautland
í grimmum hug
sjau dægr saman,
áðr ek Sævið fyndak.
Knátta ek þeira,
áðr ek þaðan færa,
fimtán liða
fjörvi ráða;
en þú gjögraðir,
gárungr vesall,
síð of öpnum
til sængr þýjar.

 

I travelled through Götaland in angry mood for seven days together before I came upon Sæviðr. I succeeded in taking the lives of fifteen of their company before I got away from there; but you, wretched buffoon, were staggering late in the evenings to a slave woman’s bed.

context: As for Ǫrv 51.

notes: This stanza has twelve lines in all mss except in 173ˣ, which omits ll. 5-8. Some eds have suggested that the stanza belonged originally to Oddr’s Ævdr and was later taken into the mannjafnaðr with ll. 9-12 added to make it fit. Edd. Min., for example, includes it in the Ævdr. The stanza alludes to an adventure Oddr undertook (Ǫrv 1888, 108-13; Ǫrv 1892, 61-3) immediately after he had taken Hjálmarr’s corpse and armour to the Swedish court. He sails with ten ships to Gotland where he hears tell of a viking named Sæviðr (in 7) or Sæundr (344a, 173ˣ) or Sæmundr (343a, 471). Oddr comes off badly in the encounter that follows; all his men are killed and he is wounded and shackled. He manages to escape, takes revenge on the viking by killing his men as they slept, and the two enemies scour Gotland looking for each other. Finally Oddr comes upon Sæviðr’s camp and kills him and fourteen others.

texts: Ǫrv 52

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga VII 19 (AII, 301-2; BII, 320-1); Skald II, 171; Ǫrv 1888, 164-5, Ǫrv 1892, 83, FSGJ 2, 318; Edd. Min. 57.

sources

Holm perg 7 4° (7) 55r, 7 - 55r, 9 (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
AM 344 a 4° (344a) 21v, 31 - 21v, 33 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a) 77v, 7 - 77v, 9 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 89r - 89r (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x) 54r, 5 - 54r, 12 [1-4, 9-12] (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 28v, 1 - 28v, 3 (Ǫrv)  
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