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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 65VIII (Ǫrv 135)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 135 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 65)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 942.


text and translation

Kom ek um síðir,         þar er snarir þóttuz
Sigurðr ok Sjólfr         í sveit konungs.
Réð oss skatna lið         skots at beiða
ok skjaldfimi         við skata mengi.

Ek kom um síðir, þar er Sigurðr ok Sjólfr þóttuz snarir í sveit konungs. Lið skatna réð oss at beiða skots ok skjaldfimi við mengi skata.
‘I came at last to where Sigurðr and Sjólfr considered themselves smart in the king’s company. The troop of warriors advised us [me] to try shooting and agility with the shield against the crowd of men.

notes and context

The Ævdr now turns to the episode of Oddr’s visit to the court of King Herrauðr, and his mannjafnaðr with two of the king’s retainers, Sigurðr and Sjólfr. This verbal exchange, accompanied by a drinking contest, is preceded by contests of hunting, shooting with bows and arrows and swimming (see the following stanza), in each of which Oddr, still disguised as Víðfǫrull or Næframaðr (on the name, see Ǫrv 133, Note to l. 7 above), far outdoes his rivals (cf. Ǫrv 1888, 146-57). On the mannjafnaðr with Sigurðr and Sjólfr, see Introduction to Ǫrv 34-58.



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 65: AII, 318, BII, 337, Skald II, 181, NN §3290C; Ǫrv 1888, 207, FSGJ 2, 360.


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