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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 43VIII (Ǫrv 113)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 113 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 43)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 921.


text and translation

Sóti ok Hálfdan         í Svíaskerjum
mörgum manni         at morði varð.
Unnum þeira,         áðr þaðan færim,
hundrað skipa         hroðit með stöfnum.

Sóti ok Hálfdan varð mörgum manni at morði í Svíaskerjum. Unnum hroðit hundrað skipa þeira með stöfnum, áðr færim þaðan.
‘Sóti and Hálfdan caused the death of many a man in the skerries of the Swedes. We succeeded in clearing a hundred of their ships from stem to stern, before we departed from there.

notes and context

The continuous Ævdr now breaks the sequence of the prose narrative to return to an episode in Oddr’s life that took place before his expedition to Ireland. According to the prose text (Ǫrv 1888, 54-9), shortly after his return from Permia, Oddr sets out to confront the viking Sóti, having been told by his father, Grímr, that Sóti was an extraordinary opponent well worthy of his son, and Sóti is said to lurk south off Skien in the prose texts. This detail may have been what attracted the compilers of the continuous Ævdr to place this stanza immediately after Ǫrv 112, which mentions this place.



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 43: AII, 313-14, BII, 333, Skald II, 178; Ǫrv 1888, 204, FSGJ 2, 353.


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