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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪgmEyb Lv 1VIII (Ǫrv 31)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 31 (Ǫgmundr Eyþjófsbani, Lausavísur 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 844.

Ǫgmundr EyþjófsbaniLausavísur


The younger mss of Ǫrv continue with a number of narratives of Oddr’s encounters with powerful grotesque beings, which are not in 7 and 344a. The following lausavísur are attributed to the sinister and threatening Ǫgmundr Eyþjófsbani ‘Killer of Eyþjófr’, whom Oddr has been seeking ever since Ǫgmundr killed Oddr’s foster-brother Þórðr. Ms. 343a is the main ms. for these three stanzas.

text and translation

Beiði ek Geirrøð         með goða hylli,
kappa inn stærsta,         koma mér at bjarga,
ok beðju mína         beint sem aðra;
þarf ek nú allra         þeira gengis.

Ek beiði Geirrøð með hylli goða, kappa inn stærsta, koma at bjarga mér, ok beðju mína beint sem aðra; nú þarf ek gengis allra þeira.
‘I implore Geirrøðr, with the favour of the gods, the greatest champion, to come and rescue me, and my bed-fellow likewise along with the others; now I need the help of them all.

notes and context

Oddr discovers that Ǫgmundr has increased his power by marrying Geirríðr, daughter of the giant Geirrøðr of Geirrøðargarðar, so he and his companions travel east to the Baltic (Austrvegr) to confront Ǫgmundr. They find him fishing in a small boat, but he rows quickly to shore when he sees them coming, and they meet on land.



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 VI 1: AII, 296-7, BII, 316, Skald II, 168; Ǫrv 1888, 135, FSGJ 2, 293-4.


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