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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Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd ÆvdrVIII (Ǫrv))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, 905

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22 — ǪrvOdd Ævdr 22VIII (Ǫrv 92)

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 92 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 22)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 905.

Þá fekk ek heiti,
þat er ek hafa vilda,
er mik ór fjöllum
flögð kölluðu.
Kóðuz Oddi
örvar vilja
byr bráðliga
í braut gefa.


Then I got the name that I wanted to have, when the ogres called me from the mountains. They said they wanted to give Örvar-Oddr (‘Arrow-Oddr’) a favourable wind [to get] away quickly.

notes: As with Ǫrv 91, Ǫrv 92 occurs both in the saga prosimetrum (except for 173ˣ, where it is lacking) and in the continuous Ævdr. In the saga prosimetrum it follows Ǫrv 91 with a few lines of intervening prose. Oddr is reporting to his comrades what happened when he and Ásmundr went ashore to the mainland and encountered the chief of the giants and his entourage in their cave. According to the prose text (Ǫrv 1888, 46-9), the giant chief has a vision in which he understands who Oddr is and that his arrows are the famous Gusisnautar. He decides to give him the nickname Ǫrvar-Oddr ‘Arrow-Oddr’. Realising that he can never kill Oddr, the giant decides to give him a favourable wind to speed him on his way out of Risaland, just as the Saami who had sent him in that direction had done previously. — A hero’s acquisition of a name designating his special attributes is a frequent motif in legendary sagas and in heroic poetry; cf. Fáfn 1-2. All the fornaldarsaga heroes from the family of the Hrafnistumenn (Ketill hœngr ‘Salmon’, Grímr loðinkinni ‘Hairy-cheek’ and Án bógsveigir ‘Bow-bender’) acquire nicknames of this kind, in Ketill’s and Án’s cases deriving from one of their famous exploits.

texts: Ǫrv 92

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IX 22 (AII, 310; BII, 328); Skald II, 176; Ǫrv 1888, 49, 201, Ǫrv 1892, 26, 97, FSGJ 2, 347; Edd. Min. 55.


Holm perg 7 4° (7) 47v, 1 - 47v, 3 (Ǫrv)  transcr.  image  
AM 344 a 4° (344a) 9r, 10 - 9r, 12 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a*) 63v, 11 - 63v, 12 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 343 a 4° (343a*) 80v, 31 - 80v, 32 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471*) 67r - 67r (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 471 4° (471*) 94v - 94v (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 173 folx (173x) 62ra, 17 - 62ra, 24 (Ǫrv)  image  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 33v, 2 - 33v, 4 (Ǫrv)  
AM 344 b 4°x (344bx) 7v, 3 - 7v, 4 (Ǫrv)  
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