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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Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd LvVIII)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, 877

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

27 — ǪrvOdd Lv 27VIII (Ǫrv 62)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 62 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur 27)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 877.

Hirði ek eigi,
þótt heitir þú,
fárgjarnt höfuð,
Freys reiði mér.
Veit ek í eldi
ásu brenna;
tröll eigi þik;
trúi ek guði einum.


I do not care though you, evil-inclined person, call down Freyr’s wrath upon me. I know the gods are burning in the fire; may trolls have you; I believe in one god.

context: See Introduction to stanzas 59-70. This stanza is spoken by Oddr according to all mss.

notes: As in the preceding stanza, the version of 7 adds four lines to this 8-line stanza, this time between ll. 4 and 5. Versions of these lines in the other mss form the second helmingr of Ǫrv 69, where all variant readings are given and discussed. The text in 7 is as follows: ‘illt er at einka vin skoluð eigi ęrr skratta blota’. This can be emended to make sense as the following lines:

illr er Óðinn         at einkavin;
skuluð eigi ér         skratta blóta.

‘Óðinn is evil as an intimate friend; you should not worship demons with sacrifice’.

The noun Óðinn has been omitted and ms. ‘ęrr’ is arguably a mistake for ér ‘you’ (pl.) See further discussion in Ǫrv 69, Note to ll. 5-8.

texts: Ǫrv 62, Ǫrv 62

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga VIII 4 (Od. - AII, 304; BII, 322-3); Skald II, 172; Ǫrv 1888, 183, Ǫrv 1892, 91-2, FSGJ 2, 328-9; Edd. Min. 75.


Holm perg 7 4° (7) 56r, 27 - 56r, 29 (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
AM 344 a 4° (344a) 23v, 9 - 23v, 10 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a) 78v, 42 - 78v, 43 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 91r - 91v (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x) 57r, 19 - 57r, 22 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 30r, 27 - 30r, 28 (Ǫrv)  
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