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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 50VIII (Ǫrv 120)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 120 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 50)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 927.


text and translation

Lét ek eigi þess         langt at bíða,
at Sæundi         at sjónum varð.
Unnu skatnar         skip mín hroðin,
en sjálfr þaðan         sunds kostaðak.

Lét ek eigi langt at bíða þess, at varð at sjónum Sæundi. Skatnar unnu skip mín hroðin, en sjálfr kostaðak sunds þaðan.
‘I did not let a long time pass before I was seen by Sæundr. Men cleared my ships, but I myself swam away from there.

notes and context

This laconic stanza refers to a rather foolhardy adventure Oddr undertakes immediately after he has returned to Sweden with Hjálmarr’s corpse. His viking opponent, who has many more ships than Oddr has, is named Sæundr in 344a and Sæviðr in 7, while the prose texts of 343a and 471 name him Sæmundr (Ǫrv 1888, 108-9). Sæundr and his men clear all Oddr’s ships, and he himself is wounded in the calf. Though he is captured and held aboard one of the enemy ships, he manages to break free and swim to safety. See further Ǫrv 52 and Note to [All], where the aftermath of this episode is recounted. — [8]: This line is very similar to Ív Sig 41/8II.



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 50: AII, 315, BII, 334, Skald II, 179; Ǫrv 1888, 205, FSGJ 2, 355.


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