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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 5VIII (Ǫrv 75)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 75 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 5)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 891.


text and translation

Búinn léz Ásmundr         opt meðan lifði,
málmþings vanr,         mér at fylgja.
Sagða ek karli,         at ek koma mundak
aptr aldrigi;         nú em ek orðrofi.

Ásmundr, vanr {málmþings}, léz opt búinn at fylgja mér meðan lifði. Ek sagða karli, at ek mundak aldrigi aptr koma; nú em ek orðrofi.
‘Ásmundr, accustomed to the weapon-meeting [BATTLE], often said he was prepared to follow me as long as he lived. I told the old man that I would never come back; now I have broken my word.

notes and context

[3]: This line is hypometrical, but could be made regular if vanr ‘accustomed’ were desyllabified to vanur.



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 5: AII, 307, BII, 325, Skald II, 174; Ǫrv 1888, 198, FSGJ 2, 341-2.


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