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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 52VIII (Ǫrv 122)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 122 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 52)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 928.


text and translation

Sigldum síðan         suðr langt í haf,
áðr ek grunnsævi         grimmu mættak,
svá at einn saman         en öllu firðr
gumna sinni         gekk ek annan veg.

Sigldum síðan langt suðr í haf, áðr ek mættak grimmu grunnsævi, svá at ek gekk annan veg einn saman en firðr öllu sinni gumna.
‘We sailed then a long way south in the ocean before I came upon treacherous shallows, so that I went another way alone and deprived of all company of men.

notes and context

[5-8]: There are several reasons to think that the younger mss’ version of this helmingr is less good than that of 7: first, the sense is dubious in context and it is unclear who the crowd of men are who travelled the roads to Hel. While it is clear that Oddr himself follows his baptism by travelling to the Holy Land and thus acquiring Christian virtue, the only people who could be seen as travelling the roads to Hel are a band of robbers who, in the episode referred to in Ævdr 53, attacked and killed a bishop, and were killed by Oddr in return.



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: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 10. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ǫrvar-Oddssaga IX 52: AII, 315, BII, 334-5, Skald II, 179; Ǫrv 1888, 117, 205, Ǫrv 1892, 65, 99, FSGJ 2, 356; Edd. Min. 57.


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