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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Heiðr Lv 2VIII (Ǫrv 2)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 2 (Heiðr, Lausavísur 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 811.


text and translation

Ferr þú eigi svá         fjörðu breiða
né líðr yfir         langa vága,
þótt sær um þik         sægjum gangi;
þó skaltu brenna         á Berurjóðri.

Þú ferr eigi svá breiða fjörðu né líðr yfir langa vága, þótt sær gangi sægjum um þik; þó skaltu brenna á Berurjóðri.
‘You will never travel thus over broad firths nor sail across long bays, though the sea may surge in billows around you; yet you will burn at Berurjóðr.

notes and context

See Introduction above.

Lines 5-6 are absent from the version of 7. — A version of this stanza may be the inspiration for OStór 1 and ch. 5 of the prose text of OStór, in which there is a similar exchange between a scornful protagonist and a woman who prophesies that the hero will meet his fate on a Norwegian estate in Nordmøre. Cf. OStór 1, Notes to [All] and l. 2 for a discussion of possible verbal echoes.



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 I 2: AII, 289, BII, 310, Skald II, 164, NN §§119, 1481; Ǫrv 1888, 15, Ǫrv 1892, 9, FSGJ 2, 207; Edd. Min. 92.


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