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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪgmEyb Lv 2VIII (Ǫrv 32)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 32 (Ǫgmundr Eyþjófsbani, Lausavísur 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 845.

Ǫgmundr EyþjófsbaniLausavísur

kasta ‘cast off’

1. kasta (verb): throw

[1] kasta: so 471, kasta verða 343a, 173ˣ


grön ‘the moustaches’

grǫn (noun f.): mouth


en ‘and’

2. en (conj.): but, and

[5] en: ok 471


hlaðbúin ‘edged with lace’

hlaðbúinn (adj./verb p.p.)


mun ‘will have to’

munu (verb): will, must

[7] mun ek hennar móðr: so 471, mun ek hennar mjök móðr 343a, mun ek móðr mjök 173ˣ


ek ‘I’

ek (pron.; °mín, dat. mér, acc. mik): I, me

[7] mun ek hennar móðr: so 471, mun ek hennar mjök móðr 343a, mun ek móðr mjök 173ˣ


hennar ‘of it’

hann (pron.; °gen. hans, dat. honum; f. hon, gen. hennar, acc. hana): he, she, it, they, them...

[7] mun ek hennar móðr: so 471, mun ek hennar mjök móðr 343a, mun ek móðr mjök 173ˣ


móðr ‘exhausted’

móðr (adj.): weary

[7] mun ek hennar móðr: so 471, mun ek hennar mjök móðr 343a, mun ek móðr mjök 173ˣ


verða ‘go’

1. verða (verb): become, be

[8] verða: hennar 173ˣ


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Oddr and his companion Sírnir, having disposed of Geirrøðr and his daughter, turn their attention to Ǫgmundr and pursue him on foot. When they are almost upon him, Ǫgmundr throws off the cloak he is wearing so that he can run faster, and speaks this stanza and the next.

In an earlier passage of the prose text, it has been explained that Ǫgmundr extended his power over all the kings east of the Baltic and demanded tribute from them every twelve months in the form of kampinn øfra ok neðra af sjálfum sér ‘the upper and lower whiskers from themselves’, that is, their beards and moustaches (Ǫrv 1888, 134). He had this human hair made into a cloak, which he was wearing when Oddr and his men spotted him out fishing. On the symbolism of the cuttting off of human hair, especially that which is a sign of virility, as a gesture of subordination signifying castration, see Leach (1958, 157-62). — [1]: The reading of 471 is preferable to that of the other mss, which are hypermetrical, resulting in a málaháttr line of Type aA. — [7]: Again, 471 provides a metrical line.


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