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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 70VIII (Ǫrv 140)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 140 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 70)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 946.


text and translation

Sat ek at sælu         síðan minni
vilgi lengi,         sem ek vita þóttumz.
Fjölð er at segja         frá förum mínum
snotrum seggjum;         sjá mun in efsta.

Ek sat síðan vilgi lengi at sælu minni, sem ek þóttumz vita. Fjölð er at segja snotrum seggjum frá förum mínum; sjá mun in efsta.
‘I remained afterwards in my good fortune for a very long time, as I seemed to know. There is a great deal to tell wise men about my journeys; this one will be the last.

notes and context

Ǫrv 140 ll. 5-8 and Ǫrv 141 are found in 7 shortly before the end of the saga, just after Oddr has ordered one group of his men to prepare him a tomb and the other to listen and remember the poem (kvæði) that he is about to compose as his end draws near. Ǫrv 140 is introduced in 7 with the words Þessa vísu kvað Oddr síðast ‘Oddr spoke this stanza last’. There is no break between what is presented here as l. 8 of Ǫrv 140 and l. 1 of Ǫrv 141, which suggests that in 7’s version they should be considered as comprising one long stanza of twelve lines. In the younger mss this stanza is the second-to-last of the continuous Ævdr.



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 70: AII, 319, BII, 338, Skald II, 182; Ǫrv 1888, 195, 208, Ǫrv 1892, 95, 100, FSGJ 2, 361-2; Edd. Min. 58.


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