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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Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd ÆvdrVIII (Ǫrv))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, 897

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12 — ǪrvOdd Ævdr 12VIII (Ǫrv 82)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 82 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 12)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 897.

Réðu Bjarmar         brátt at verja
haug hermönnum         ok hamalt fylkja.
Létum þegna,         áðr þaðan færim,
ófa marga         öndu týna.

Bjarmar réðu brátt at verja haug hermönnum ok fylkja hamalt. Létum ófa marga þegna týna öndu, áðr færim þaðan.

The Permians soon defended the mound with warriors and drew [them] up in a wedge-shaped phalanx. We caused exceedingly many men to lose their lives before we went from there.

Mss: 343a(80v), 471(94r), 173ˣ(61va) (Ǫrv)

Readings: [1] Bjarmar: borgar menn 471, 173ˣ    [6] þaðan: om. 471    [7] ófa (‘ova’): so 471, ‘ofrs’ 343a, of‑ 173ˣ;    marga: ‑marga mjök 173ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IX 12: AII, 308, BII, 326, Skald II, 174-5, NN §2603 Anm.; Ǫrv 1888, 199, FSGJ 2, 343-4.

Notes: [4]: On other instances of the phrase fylkja hamalt ‘draw up [an army] in a wedge-shaped phalanx’ see Gísl Magnkv 10/6II and Note there. — [6] færim ‘we went’: With Ǫrv 1888, Skj B and Skald, the mss’ færum has been normalised to the pret. subj. færim after the conj. áðr ‘before’. — [7] ófa marga ‘exceedingly many’: Following the reading of 471, ófa is understood as the gen. pl. (used adverbially) of óf ‘excess’; cf. LP: óf. Ǫrv 1888 prefers 173ˣ’s reading ofmarga mjök ‘much too many [men]’. — [8] týna ‘to lose’: Skj B emends to pret. inf. týnda without ms. support.

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