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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 16VIII (Ǫrv 86)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 86 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 16)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 900.


text and translation

Létum skeika         at sköpuðu
drengmenn snarir         í drifaveðri.
Sýndiz seggjum         — sandr var á þiljum —
lands ván liðin;         lá ek eigi þar.

Snarir drengmenn létum skeika at sköpuðu í drifaveðri. Sýndiz seggjum ván lands liðin; sandr var á þiljum; ek lá eigi þar.
‘[We] bold heroes let things go according to the will of fate in the storm of sea-spray. The hope of land seemed over to the men; sand was on the decks; I did not lie there.

notes and context

According to the saga prose (Ǫrv 1888, 36-9), after they have left Bjarmaland, Oddr and his companions travel back along the coast of Finnmǫrk (Finnmark), where they encounter fierce storms. The sea is so rough that they expect their ships to be broken up. Oddr advises Guðmundr to throw overboard all the loot they had taken from the Saami on the way up the coast (cf. Ǫrv 79 and Note to [All]), the implication being that they are being punished for their theft. They do this, whereupon the sea subsides and they are eventually blown up on the shore.



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 16: AII, 309, BII, 327, Skald II, 175; Ǫrv 1888, 200, FSGJ 2, 345.


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