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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Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd ÆvdrVIII (Ǫrv))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, 898

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14 — ǪrvOdd Ævdr 14VIII (Ǫrv 84)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 84 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 14)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 898.

Skjótt nam kynda
í skóg þykkum
eld brennanda
uppi á landi.
Svá við lopti
létum leika
hávan ok rauðan
hrottgarm viðar.


Quickly I kindled burning fire in a thick wood up in the countryside. So we [I] caused {the towering and red howling hound of wood} [FIRE] to play against the sky.

notes: In order to attract his companions’ attention and discover the location of their missing ships, Oddr goes to a wood, climbs up a tall tree, and sets fire to its upper branches (í limum uppi) so that flames quickly rose high into the air (stóð logi í lopti uppi). This acts as a signal to the ships to return to the shore where all the men are reunited (Ǫrv 1888, 36-7). This stanza follows the wording of the prose quite closely. — The order of lines in 471 differs considerably from 343a and 173ˣ, although the actual wording does not diverge significantly. — [5-6]: Line 6 has double alliteration. Skj B and Skald reverse the ms. order of ll. 5-6 in order to regularise the alliteration, and also reverse the order of words in l. 5 to svá lopti við.

texts: Ǫrv 84

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IX 14 (AII, 308; BII, 327); Skald II, 175; Ǫrv 1888, 200, FSGJ 2, 344.


AM 343 a 4° (343a) 80v, 19 - 80v, 20 (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
AM 471 4° (471) 94v - 94v (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x) 61va, 17 - 61va, 24 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 33r, 18 - 33r, 19 (Ǫrv)  
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