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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 12VIII (Ǫrv 82)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 82 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 12)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 897.


text and translation

Réðu Bjarmar         brátt at verja
haug hermönnum         ok hamalt fylkja.
Létum þegna,         áðr þaðan færim,
ófa marga         öndu týna.

Bjarmar réðu brátt at verja haug hermönnum ok fylkja hamalt. Létum ófa marga þegna týna öndu, áðr færim þaðan.
‘The Permians soon defended the mound with warriors and drew [them] up in a wedge-shaped phalanx. We caused exceedingly many men to lose their lives before we went from there.

notes and context

[4]: On other instances of the phrase fylkja hamalt ‘draw up [an army] in a wedge-shaped phalanx’ see Gísl Magnkv 10/6II and Note there.



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 12: AII, 308, BII, 326, Skald II, 174-5, NN §2603 Anm.; Ǫrv 1888, 199, FSGJ 2, 343-4.


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