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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ásb Ævkv 2VIII (OStór 5)

Peter Jorgensen (ed.) 2017, ‘Orms þáttr Stórólfssonar 5 (Ásbjǫrn, Ævikviða 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 609.


text and translation

Annat var, þá er inni.
Ölkátirvér sátum
ok á fleyskipi fórum
fjörð af Hörðalandi.
Drukkum mjöð ok mæltum
mart orð saman forðum;
nú emk einn í öngvar
jötna þröngvar genginn.

Annat var, þá er inni. Vér sátum ölkátirok fórum fjörð á fleyskipi af Hörðalandi. Drukkum mjöð forðum ok mæltum mart orð saman; nú emk einn genginn í öngvar þröngvar jötna.
‘It used to be different, when inside. We would sit merry with ale and sail the fjord on a fast ship away from Hordaland. We drank mead in days gone by and spoke many a word together; now I have come alone into the confining straits of giants.

notes and context

[1]: The first line of sts 5-11 is unvarying, constituting a kind of initial line refrain, similar to the practice of another ævikviða, Anon Krm’s Hjuggu vér með hjörvi ‘We hewed with the sword’. The purpose of these refrains is to draw attention to the contrast between the speaker’s present situation and his former heroic life. This edn, along with Skj B, adopts 2845’s version of l. 1, which is also found verbatim in Gr (ÍF 7, 52; Grett Lv 6/1V (Gr 14)), where inni ‘inside’ is definitely used adverbially. Kock (NN §2495A and Skald) emends to þat er inni ‘which I relate’ (following Flat’s ek inni), treating inni as 1st pers. sg. pres. indic. of inna ‘tell, relate’ on the ground that the adverbial sense of inni does not suit five of the seven stanzas (6-8, 10 and 11) in which it occurs. However, if one assumes imitation from Gr, or even a general imitation of the practice of other ævikviður, the loose fit of this refrain line is probably acceptable (cf. Faulkes 2011b, 94-5 n.). Ms. 554h ßˣ has the same alternative reading of l. 1 in sts 7-11 as here. — [6] emk ‘I have’: Lit. ‘I am’. The ms. reads er ek, which reflects C14th usage, when the 3rd pers. sg. form of the pres. tense of vera ‘be’ was often generalised to the 1st pers. sg. (cf. ANG §531.1). The non-cliticised form of the pron. ek has also been normalised here to give a metrically regular line. — [7-8]: These lines are omitted in 554h ßˣ, which follows l. 6 with two lines that correspond loosely to OStór 6/3-4. The rest of OStór 6 is missing in 554h ßˣ.



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. 18. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Orms þáttr Stórólfssonar IV 2: AII, 342, BII, 365, Skald II, 197, NN §2495A; ÓT 1689, 13, Fms 3, 218Flat 1860-8, I, 528, Þorleifur Jónsson 1904, 212-13, Guðni Jónsson 1935, 183 (ch. 7), Guðni Jónsson 1946-9, 11, 457-8 (ch. 7), Faulkes 2011b, 69 (ch. 7) (OStór).


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