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Ǫrvar-Oddr (ǪrvOdd)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 32

Lausavísur — ǪrvOdd LvVIII

Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd LvVIII)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32 

SkP info: VIII, 875

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26 — ǪrvOdd Lv 26VIII (Ǫrv 60)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 60 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur 26)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 875.

Oddr brendi hof
ok hörga braut
ok trégoðum
týndi þínum.
Gerðu þau ekki
góðs í heimi,
er þau ór eldi
ösla máttu.


Oddr burned the temples and broke up the sanctuaries and destroyed your wooden gods. They did nothing good in the world, since they could not escape from the fire.

context: See Introduction to stanzas 59-70.

notes: Oddr’s reply to his interlocutor justifies his action of burning the cult houses of Álfr and Gyðja in terms familiar to Christian apologetic for the destruction of places of pagan worship, in that they did no good in the world and were powerless to save themselves from the fire because they were just pieces of wood. Earlier in the saga (Ǫrv 1888, 9), Oddr has been represented as a ‘noble pagan’ (cf. Lönnroth 1969) who has a natural understanding of Christian beliefs and morals. While in Southern Europe, he accepted preliminary baptism as a Christian (cf. Ǫrv 37 and 123 and Notes). The terms hof ‘temple’ (l. 1) and hörgr ‘sanctuary’ (l. 2) are used exclusively in skaldic poetry to refer to places of pagan cult; cf. Anon Pl 59/2VII, Hfr Óldr 1/2I and Mark Eirdr 17/1II. — [1-2]: Line 1 is unmetrical, the alliteration falling in metrical position 4 in a D4/E-line. A change of word order to Hof brendi Oddr would restore a metrical line, but the first position emphasis of the p. n. Oddr would then be lost.

texts: Ǫrv 60

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga VIII 2 (Oddr - AII, 303; BII, 322); Skald II, 172; Ǫrv 1888, 181-3, Ǫrv 1892, 91, FSGJ 2, 328; Edd. Min. 74.


Holm perg 7 4° (7) 56r, 24 - 56r, 25 (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
AM 344 a 4° (344a) 23v, 6 - 23v, 7 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a) 78v, 38 - 78v, 40 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 91r - 91r (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x) 57r, 8 - 57r, 11 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 30r, 24 - 30r, 25 (Ǫrv)  
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