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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Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd LvVIII)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, 871

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24 — ǪrvOdd Lv 24VIII (Ǫrv 57)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 57 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur 24)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 871.

Nú hefi ek dýra         drengi talða,
þá er forðum mér         fylgðu úti.
Munu víst eigi         verða síðan
frægri fyrðar         í fólkroði.

Nú hefi ek talða dýra drengi, þá er fylgðu mér forðum úti. Víst munu eigi fyrðar verða síðan frægri í {fólkroði}.

Now I have enumerated the noble warriors who formerly followed me out to sea. Men will certainly not afterwards become more famous in {the army-reddening} [BATTLE].

Mss: 7(55r), 344a(22r), 343a(77v), 471(89r-v), 173ˣ(54r) (ll. 1-4) (Ǫrv)

Readings: [2] talða: lifða 344a    [3] mér: om. 344a    [5] Munu víst eigi: so 471, munu einigir 7, því munu engir 344a, munu engir 343a    [6] verða: æðri 344a    [7] fyrðar: drengir 344a, 471

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga VII 24: AII, 302-3, BII, 321, Skald II, 171-2, NN §2406; Ǫrv 1888, 167, Ǫrv 1892, 84, FSGJ 2, 320; Edd. Min. 70.

Context: As for Ǫrv 53.

Notes: [2] talða ‘enumerated’: The reading of all mss except 344a, which has lifða, which Skj and Skald consider means ‘outlived’ (LP: lifa 2). They prefer this to the majority reading, which may have been attracted to this stanza from similar wording in st. 58. — [4] úti ‘out to sea’: The usual sense of the adv. Doubtless the reference is to sea-borne viking raids. — [5] víst munu eigi ‘will certainly not’: The reading of 471 has been preferred, with Skj B and Skald, to that of 7’s munu einigir ‘will no’, because the latter does not provide alliteration for ll. 5-6. Ǫrv 1888 and 1892 emend to munu víst engir ‘certainly will no’. — [7-8]: The line is very similar to Ǫrv 39/7-8 fellu fyrðar í fólkroði ‘men fell in the army-reddening [BATTLE]’. On the cpd fólkroð, see Note to 39/8. NN §2406 discusses this and other compounds in ‑roð/-roði. Cf. also ms. 471’s reading of Ǫrv 68/7.

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