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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ǫrvar-Oddr (ǪrvOdd)

volume 8; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Ævidrápa (Ævdr) - 71

not in Skj

Ævidrápa — ǪrvOdd ÆvdrVIII (Ǫrv)

Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd ÆvdrVIII (Ǫrv))

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddsaga IX (AII, 306-19, BII, 324-39)

SkP info: VIII, 889

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2 — ǪrvOdd Ævdr 2VIII (Ǫrv 72)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 72 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 889.

Var mér fóstr gefit
at föður ráði
— brátt vöndumk því —
á Berurjóðri.
Var mér ekki
vant til sælu,
þess er Ingjaldr
átti kosti.


Fosterage was provided for me according to my father’s advice at Berurjóðr; we [I] quickly came to like it. I had no lack of enjoyment of that which Ingjaldr had at his disposal.

notes: The stanza refers to Oddr’s childhood. According to the saga (Ǫrv 1888, 2-9), Oddr’s parents, Grímr and Lopthœna, were travelling by boat from their farm at Hrafnista in Northern Norway to take care of her recently deceased father’s property in the Vík (Viken) area of Oslofjorden. She was heavily pregnant at the time, and gave birth to Oddr on the journey south at Ingjaldr’s farm at Berurjóðr. Ingjaldr offered to foster Oddr and his parents accepted that offer. Although this is not stated in the saga, there is an assumption that Ingjaldr was of lower social status than Grímr and Lopthœna, as in most recorded cases of fosterage in early Iceland and Norway (Foote and Wilson 1980, 116; Byock 1988, 171-2).

texts: Ǫrv 72

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IX 2 (AII, 306; BII, 324); Skald II, 173; Ǫrv 1888, 198, FSGJ 2, 340-1.


AM 343 a 4° (343a) 80v, 1 - 80v, 2 (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 94r - 94r (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x) 60va, 31 - 60vb, 33 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x) 63vb, 23 - 63vb, 27 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 32v, 27 - 32v, 29 (Ǫrv)  
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