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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigurðr Lv 2VIII (Ǫrv 39)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 39 (Sigurðr, Lausavísur 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 852.


text and translation

Oddr, vartu eigi         út með Girkjum,
þá er á Serkjum         sverð vár ruðum.
Gerðum harðan         hljóm ísarna;
fellu fyrðar         í fólkroði.

Oddr, vartu eigi út með Girkjum, þá er ruðum sverð vár á Serkjum. Gerðum {harðan hljóm ísarna}; fyrðar fellu í {fólkroði}.
‘Oddr, you were not abroad among the Greeks, when we reddened our swords on the Saracens. We made the harsh music of iron weapons [BATTLE]; men fell in the army-reddening [BATTLE].

notes and context

Sigurðr brings Oddr another horn and speaks this stanza.

This stanza follows a common pattern of the mannjafnaðr, repeated in Ǫrv 42-8 and 51, in which the challenger mentions a fight or adventure in which he took part, but in which his opponent was notably absent, and implies that this was because of the opponent’s cowardice. Boer (1892b, 131) argued that this stanza’s reference to the Greeks and the Saracens indicates that it could not have been composed before the crusades of the C12th. However, the Serkir and Serkland are mentioned in several skaldic poems of the C11th (LP: Serkir and Serkland) as well as on several Swedish rune stones (see Note to l. 3 below). 



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 VII 6: AII, 298, BII, 318, Skald II, 169, NN §2406; Ǫrv 1888, 160, Ǫrv 1892, 79, FSGJ 2, 313; Edd. Min. 66.  


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