Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 54 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur 21)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 868.
|Gekk skarpr Þórðr fyr skjöldu fram,
hvargi er orrostu eiga skyldum.
|Hann lét Hálfdan hníga at velli, |
fræknan stilli, ok hans fylgjara.
Skarpr Þórðr gekk fram fyr skjöldu, hvargi er skyldum eiga orrostu. Hann lét Hálfdan hníga at velli, fræknan stilli, ok hans fylgjara.
Strong Þórðr went forwards in front of the shields, wherever we had to fight a battle. He made Hálfdan fall to the ground, that brave leader, together with his followers.
Mss: 7(55r), 344a(22r), 343a(77v), 471(89r) (Ǫrv)
Readings:  skarpr: snarpligast 344a, snarpr 343a, 471; Þórðr: so all others, Þórð 7  fram: om. 344a  hvargi: hvar 343a, 471  skyldum: skyldum corrected from ‘skyddvm’ 344a, ‘skydum’ 471  fræknan: frægjan 344a  fylgjara: ‘fylfgiara’ 344a
Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga VII 21: AII, 302, BII, 321, Skald II, 171; Ǫrv 1888, 166, Ǫrv 1892, 84, FSGJ 2, 319; Edd. Min. 69.
Context: As for Ǫrv 53.
Notes: [All]: Boer (Ǫrv 1892, 84 n.) argued that all the final stanzas of Oddr’s mannjafnaðr (Ǫrv 54-8) were originally part of an Ævdr earlier than that preserved in the younger mss. It is certainly true that all except the last (and that perfunctorily) lack the challenges and insults directed to the speaker’s rivals that are typical of the mannjafnaðr. — [All]: Stanza 54 seems to refer to the same viking named Hálfdan who was alluded to in Ǫrv 48/3 (see Note to [All] to this stanza for references to the prose text). However, Oddr’s blood-brother Þórðr stafngláma ‘Prow-gleam’, whom he does not meet until after Hálfdan’s death, was not involved in that confrontation, according to the prose saga. — : As it stands, this line is hypometrical, but could be rendered
metrical by desyllabification of either skarpr