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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Lv 11VIII (Ǫrv 44)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 44 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur 11)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 857.


text and translation

Sigurðr, vartu eigi         þar er sex hruðum
hábrynjuð skip         fyr Hólmsnesi.
Vartu ok eigi         vestr með Skolla,
þá er Engla gram         aldri næmðum.

Sigurðr, vartu eigi, þar er hruðum sex hábrynjuð skip fyr Hólmsnesi. Vartu ok eigi vestr með Skolla, þá er næmðum gram Engla aldri.
‘Sigurðr, you were not there where we cleared six armoured ships before Hólmsnes. Nor were you in the west with Skolli, when we deprived the ruler of the English of life.

notes and context

As for Ǫrv 43. There is no intervening prose between the two stanzas.

The incident with Skolli referred to in this stanza is narrated in ch. 25 of the saga (Ǫrv 1888, 85-7; Ǫrv 1892, 44-6) and also referred to in Ævdr 30 (Ǫrv 100). After a return visit to Ireland, where Oddr marries Ǫlvǫr (see Introduction to Ǫlvǫr Lv 1 (Ǫrv 4)), Oddr and Hjálmarr sail to England, and they learn that a viking named Skolli is lying at anchor there with forty ships. He has a grudge against the reigning king of the English, named as Játmundr (Edmund) in some mss, because the king has killed his father. Oddr, who initially intended to fight Skolli, joins him, and their combined forces succeed in conquering the English army and killing their king. Skolli takes over the kingdom, after Oddr and Hjálmarr have refused to accept it.



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 11: AII, 299, BII, 319, Skald II, 170; Ǫrv 1888, 162, Ǫrv 1892, 80-1, FSGJ 2, 315; Edd. Min. 67.


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