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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Lv 21VIII (Ǫrv 54)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 54 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur 21)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 868.


text and translation

Gekk skarpr Þórðr         fyr skjöldu fram,
hvargi er orrostu         eiga skyldum.
Hann lét Hálfdan         hníga at velli,
fræknan stilli,         ok hans fylgjara.

Skarpr Þórðr gekk fram fyr skjöldu, hvargi er skyldum eiga orrostu. Hann lét Hálfdan hníga at velli, fræknan stilli, ok hans fylgjara.
‘Strong Þórðr went forwards in front of the shields, wherever we had to fight a battle. He made Hálfdan fall to the ground, that brave leader, together with his followers.

notes and context

As for Ǫrv 53.

[1]: As it stands, this line is hypometrical, but could be rendered metrical by desyllabification of either skarpr or Þórðr.



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 21: AII, 302, BII, 321, Skald II, 171; Ǫrv 1888, 166, Ǫrv 1892, 84, FSGJ 2, 319; Edd. Min. 69.


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