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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Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd LvVIII)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, 884

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

32 — ǪrvOdd Lv 32VIII (Ǫrv 69)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 69 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur 32)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 884.

Elta ek ásu
ørhjartaða tvá,
sem fyr úlfi
örg geit rynni.
Illr er Óðinn
at eingavin;
skuluð eigi ér
skratta blóta.


I chased the two dispirited gods just as a timid nanny goat runs before a wolf. Óðinn is evil as an intimate friend; you should not worship demons with sacrifice.

context: Oddr continues his response to Gyðja. This stanza follows Ǫrv 68, introduced with the clause ok enn kvað Oddr ‘and Oddr said further’.

notes: This stanza is lacking in 173ˣ, while 7 has ll. 5-8 as ll. 5-8 of a 12-line Ǫrv 62. — [5-6]: These lines are likely to be a variation on the proverbial saying Ilt er at eiga þræl at einka vin ‘It is bad to have a scoundrel [lit. ‘slave’] as an intimate friend’, as Boer (Ǫrv 1892, 91 n. to l. 20) points out, giving examples from Old Icelandic prose texts. — [5-8]: These lines occur in 7 as the middle section of Ǫrv 62. See Note to [All] to that stanza.

texts: Ǫrv 69

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga VIII 11 (AII, 305-6; BII, 324); Skald II, 173; Ǫrv 1888, 184, FSGJ 2, 331; Edd. Min. 75.


AM 344 a 4° (344a) 23v, 19 - 23v, 20 (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
Holm perg 7 4° (7) 56r - 56r [5-8] (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a) 79r, 8 - 79r, 10 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 91v - 91v (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 30v, 12 - 30v, 13 (Ǫrv)  
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