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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Oddi Lv 2II

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2009, ‘Oddi inn litli Glúmsson, Lausavísur 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 616.

Oddi inn litli GlúmssonLausavísur

text and translation

Trautt erum vér, sem ek vætti,
verðir Ermingerðar,
— veitk, at horsk má heita
hlaðgrund konungr sprunda —
þvít sómir Bil bríma
bauga stalls at ǫllu
— hon lifi sæl und sólar
setri — miklu betra.

Vér erum trautt verðir Ermingerðar, sem ek vætti—veitk, at {horsk hlaðgrund} má heita konungr sprunda—, þvít at ǫllu miklu betra sómir {Bil {bríma {stalls bauga}}}; hon lifi sæl und {setri sólar}.
‘We are hardly worthy of Ermingerðr, as I expect—I know that the wise headband-ground [WOMAN] can be called a king among women—, because [something] altogether much better befits the Bil <goddess> of the flame of the standing-place of rings [ARM/HAND > GOLD > WOMAN]; may she live blessed under the seat of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN].

notes and context

Having left Narbonne, Rǫgnvaldr and his poets are sailing in a good wind, and are sitting and drinking, and in good spirits. Rǫgnvaldr, Ármóðr and Oddi each recite a st. containing Ermingerðr’s name.

For other sts with similar content recited on the same occasion, see Rv Lv 16 and Árm Lv 3. The st. could be construed as a response to Árm Lv 3: the latter expresses a desire to sleep with Ermingerðr, while Oddi’s response, the final st. in the sequence of three, is that none of them is worthy of her.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Oddi lítli Glúmsson, Lausavísur 2: AI, 529, BI, 510, Skald I, 250, NN §806; Flat 1860-8, II, 479, Orkn 1887, 161-2, Orkn 1913-16, 235, ÍF 34, 212 (ch. 86), Bibire 1988, 233.


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