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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gyðja Lv 6VIII (Ǫrv 70)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 70 (Gyðja, Lausavísur 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 885.


text and translation

Hjálpi æsir         ok ásynjur,
görvöll regin,         gyðju sinni!

Æsir ok ásynjur, görvöll regin, hjálpi gyðju sinni!
‘May gods and goddesses, all divine powers, help their priestess!

notes and context

After Oddr has spoken st. 69, he goes after the priestess with a huge oak club, but she escapes into a temple (hof) that stands in the town. She runs inside, uttering this helmingr.

This helmingr functions as a kind of refrain (stef). It also occurs as Ǫrv 61/5-8; see Note to [All] to that stanza.



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 12: AII, 306, BII, 324, Skald II, 173; Ǫrv 1888, 184, FSGJ 2, 332.


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