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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 4VIII (Ǫrv 74)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 74 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 891.


text and translation

Sagði mér völva         sannar rúnir,
en ek vætki því         vildak hlýða.
Gat ek fyr ungum         Ingjalds syni,
at ek föðurtúna         fýstumk vitja.

Völva sagði mér sannar rúnir, en ek vildak vætki hlýða því. Ek gat fyr {ungum syni Ingjalds}, at ek fýstumk vitja föðurtúna.
‘The prophetess told me true secrets, but I wanted to heed nothing of it. I mentioned to the young son of Ingjaldr [= Ásmundr] that I was keen to visit my father’s homestead.

notes and context

[1-4]: See Heiðr Lv 1-3 (Ǫrv 1-3) and Introduction and Notes to those stanzas. — [5-8]: According to the saga (Ǫrv 1888, 17-19), Oddr leaves Berurjóðr out of spite because Ingjaldr has insisted on inviting the prophetess to his farm even though he knew Oddr was against it. He takes Ásmundr with him to visit his family at Hrafnista.



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 IX 4: AII, 306-7, BII, 325, Skald II, 174; Ǫrv 1888, 198, FSGJ 2, 341.


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