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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 37VIII (Ǫrv 107)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 107 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 37)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 916.


text and translation

Létum vestr þaðan         vandar fáka
Írlands á vit         öldur kanna.
Höfðu þeira,         er þagat kómum,
drengir ok drósir         drifit ór húsum.

Létum {fáka vandar} kanna öldur vestr þaðan á vit Írlands. Drengir ok drósir þeira höfðu drifit ór húsum, er kómum þagat.
‘We made the horses of the mast [SHIPS] explore the waves west from there on the way to Ireland. Their men and women had fled from the houses when we arrived there.

notes and context

The prose saga tells that Oddr and his companions ravage, burn and kill Irish people when they arrive in Ireland (Ǫrv 1888, 70-1).



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 37: AII, 312, BII, 331-2, Skald II, 177-8, NN §2606; Ǫrv 1888, 203, FSGJ 2, 351.


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