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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 6VIII (Ǫrv 76)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 76 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 6)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 892.


text and translation

Létum beiti         á brim þrauka;
stóð hörr dreginn         höndum fjarri.
Kómum at eyju         útan brattri,
þar er Grímr fyrir         garða átti.

Létum beiti þrauka á brim; hörr stóð dreginn fjarri höndum. Kómum útan at brattri eyju, þar er Grímr átti garða fyrir.
‘We allowed the ship to roll on the sea; the sail rope was pulled tight far from our hands. We arrived at the steep island, where Grímr owned properties.

notes and context

According to the saga prose (Ǫrv 1888, 18-19) Oddr and Ásmundr have an easy sea journey north to Hrafnista, after Oddr has invoked his ancestor, Ketill hœngr’s, ability to call up a favourable wind to avoid having to row all the way. However, the first helmingr of this stanza may not agree with this information, as it appears to describe how the ship encountered heavy seas (see Notes to ll. 2 and 3-4 below). — [5-6]: These lines are exactly the same as Ǫrv 87/1-2.



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 6: AII, 307, BII, 325, Skald II, 174; Ǫrv 1888, 199, FSGJ 2, 342.


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