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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gyðja Lv 3VIII (Ǫrv 63 [a])

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 63 (Gyðja, Lausavísur 3)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 878.


text and translation

Hverir ólu þik         upp svá heimskan,
er þú eigi vill         Óðin blóta?

Hverir ólu þik upp svá heimskan, er þú vill eigi blóta Óðin?
‘Which people brought you up so stupid that you are not willing to sacrifice to Óðinn?

notes and context

See Introduction to stanzas 59-70. Stanza 63ab is a dialogue between Gyðja and Oddr. Lines 1-4 (Ǫrv 63a) are introduced with the words þá kvað hon ‘then she said’, while lines 5-8 (Ǫrv 63b) are Oddr’s reply, beginning þá kvað Oddr ‘then Oddr said’.

Stanzas 63ab-70 are not present in ms. 7, although two pairs of lines from sts 61 and 62 in 7 are variants of parts of sts 66 and 69 in the other mss.



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 VIII 5: AII, 304, BII, 323, Skald II, 172; Ǫrv 1888, 180, FSGJ 2, 329; Edd. Min. 76.


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