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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 27VIII (Ǫrv 97)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 97 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 27)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 909.


text and translation

Báru rekkar         ráð sín saman;
þótti ei fyrðum         féván mikil.
Kuru Háleygir         kost inn vildra;
réðum leggja         lag várt saman.

Rekkar báru saman ráð sín; þótti ei fyrðum mikil féván. Háleygir kuru inn vildra kost: réðum leggja saman lag várt.
‘The warriors consulted together; there did not seem to the men to be great expectation of money. The Háleygir [we] chose the better alternative; we decided to enter into fellowship together.

notes and context

The stanza follows the wording of the prose text fairly closely. After Oddr’s party and that of Þórðr and Hjálmarr have fought each others for two days, Oddr is preparing to fight again, when Þórðr asks er þar fjárván á skipum þínum (Ǫrv 1888, 64-5) ‘is there expectation of money on your ships’? Oddr admits that there is not, so Þórðr suggests that it would be more sensible for the parties to enter into a fellowship together.



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 27: AII, 310-11, BII, 329-30, Skald II, 176; Ǫrv 1888, 201-2, FSGJ 2, 348.


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