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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Lv 17VIII (Ǫrv 50)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 50 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur 17)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 864.


text and translation

Þar létu vér         lindi barða
hörðu grjóti,         hvössum sverðum.
Þrír lifðum vér         en þeir níu;
hrókr hernuminn,         hví þegir nú?

Þar létu vér lindi barða hörðu grjóti, hvössum sverðum. Vér lifðum þrír en þeir níu; hernuminn hrókr, hví þegir nú?
‘There we caused the linden shield to be struck with hard stones, with sharp swords. Three of us lived, but nine of them; forcibly taken chatterbox, why are you silent now?

notes and context

As for Ǫrv 49. This stanza follows on immediately without any prose introduction.

This stanza refers to the same incident as Ǫrv 49, the encounter between Oddr and Hjálmarr and Ǫgmundr Eyþjófsbani (see further Ǫrv 49, Note to [All]). In that encounter Oddr and his men are outnumbered by Ǫgmundr and his eight followers, none of whom are killed. However, an unspecified number of Oddr’s men die, leaving only himself, Hjálmarr and Þórðr stafngláma ‘Prow-gleam’. The latter is killed treacherously after the battle is over. — [5-6]: For the significance of the numbers three and nine, see Note to [All] above.



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 17: AII, 301, BII, 320, Skald II, 171; Ǫrv 1888, 164, Ǫrv 1892, 82-3, FSGJ 2, 317; Edd. Min. 56.


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