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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Lv 13VIII (Ǫrv 46)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 46 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur 13)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 859.


text and translation

Sigurðr, vartu eigi,         er á Selund feldak
bræðr bölharða         Brand ok Agnar,
Ásmund, Ingjald,         Álfr var inn fimti.
En þú heima látt         í höll konungs,
skrökmálasamr,         skauð hernumin.

Sigurðr, vartu eigi, er feldak á Selund bölharða bræðr Brand ok Agnar, Ásmund, Ingjald, Álfr var inn fimti. En þú, skrökmálasamr, látt heima í höll konungs, hernumin skauð.
‘Sigurðr, you were not [there] when on Sjælland I felled the harm-hard brothers Brandr and Agnarr, Ásmundr, Ingjaldr; Álfr was the fifth. But you, babbler of lies, lay at home in the king’s hall, you forcibly taken cunt.

notes and context

As for Ǫrv 45.

In this stanza Oddr accuses Sigurðr of not being present when he, in company with Ásmundr and Hjálmarr, fought on the Danish island of Selund (ModDan. Sjælland, ModEngl. Zealand) against five berserk brothers, Brandr, Ásmundr, Agnarr, Ingjaldr and Álfr. According to the saga, Oddr killed all the brothers without suffering a single wound (Ǫrv 1888, 66-7; Ǫrv 1892, 35-6). — This stanza has ten lines, instead of the usual eight, and most eds regard ll. 5-6 as a later insertion; however, they are present in all mss and the names correspond to those of the five berserk brothers in the prose saga. Ms. 173ˣ has ll. 5-6 but omits ll. 9-10.



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 VII 13: AII, 300, BII, 319, Skald II, 170; Ǫrv 1888, 162-3, Ǫrv 1892, 81, FSGJ 2, 316; Edd. Min. 68.


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