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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Oddm 1I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Anonymous Poems, Oddmjór 1’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1001.

Anonymous PoemsOddmjór1

text and translation

Skjǫldungr rak með skildi
skeiðar brand ór landi;
réð sá konungr síðan
snjallr Nóregi ǫllum.

Skjǫldungr rak með skildi brand skeiðar ór landi; síðan réð sá snjallr konungr ǫllum Nóregi.
‘The monarch drove, with his shield, the prow of the warship out of the country; afterwards that excellent king governed all Norway.

notes and context

The helmingr is cited in evidence of an account of how Haraldr hárfagri defeated a king by the name of Skeiðar-Brandr at the battle of Hafrsfjǫrðr (Hafrsfjorden, here called Hafrsvágr, c. 885-c. 890).

Munch (Ágr 1834, 274-5) points out the resemblance of ll. 1-2 to Arn Hryn 7/3-4II (see the next Note), and Sveinbjörn Egilsson (SHI 10, 351) remarks the resemblance between ll. 3-4 and Arn Magndr 7/1-2II, so it is possible that Oddm is a mere conflation of the two sources. — [3]: The metrical Type C with hending in position 1 is not used before the early C11th: see Kuhn (1969a) and Gade (2001b, 66-8).


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 [X], I. A. [6]. Oddmjór: AI, 177, BI, 167, Skald I, 90; Fms 10, 378, Fms 12, 229, Ágr 1880, 2-3, ÍF 29, 4, Ágr 2008, 2-3 (ch. 2), 83-4.


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