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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 70VIII (Ǫrv 140)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 140 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 70)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 946.

Ǫrvar-OddrÆvidrápa
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Sat ek at sælu         síðan minni
vilgi lengi,         sem ek vita þóttumz.
Fjölð er at segja         frá förum mínum
snotrum seggjum;         sjá mun in efsta.

Ek sat síðan vilgi lengi at sælu minni, sem ek þóttumz vita. Fjölð er at segja snotrum seggjum frá förum mínum; sjá mun in efsta.

I remained afterwards in my good fortune for a very long time, as I seemed to know. There is a great deal to tell wise men about my journeys; this one will be the last.

Mss: 343a(81v), 7(57r) (ll. 5-8), 471(96r), 173ˣ(65rb) (Ǫrv)

Readings: [1] at: om. 173ˣ    [3] lengi: lengr 173ˣ    [4] sem: enn 173ˣ;    þóttumz: so 471, 173ˣ, ‘þottunnzt’ 343a    [5] Fjölð: so all others, fjölði 343a    [7] seggjum: drengjum 173ˣ

Editions: Skj AII, 319, Skj BII, 338, Skald II, 182; Ǫrv 1888, 195, 208, Ǫrv 1892, 95, 100, FSGJ 2, 361-2; Edd. Min. 58.

Notes: [All]: Ǫrv 140 ll. 5-8 and Ǫrv 141 are found in 7 shortly before the end of the saga, just after Oddr has ordered one group of his men to prepare him a tomb and the other to listen and remember the poem (kvæði) that he is about to compose as his end draws near. Ǫrv 140 is introduced in 7 with the words Þessa vísu kvað Oddr síðast ‘Oddr spoke this stanza last’. There is no break between what is presented here as l. 8 of Ǫrv 140 and l. 1 of Ǫrv 141, which suggests that in 7’s version they should be considered as comprising one long stanza of twelve lines. In the younger mss this stanza is the second-to-last of the continuous Ævdr.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. FSGJ = Guðni Jónsson, ed. 1954. Fornaldar sögur norðurlanda. 4 vols. [Reykjavík]: Íslendingasagnaútgáfan.
  4. Edd. Min. = Heusler, Andreas and Wilhelm Ranisch, eds. 1903. Eddica Minora: Dichtungen eddischer Art aus den Fornaldarsögur und anderen Prosawerken. Dortmund: Ruhfus. Rpt. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.
  5. Ǫrv 1888 = Boer, R. C., ed. 1888. Ǫrvar-Odds saga. Leiden: Brill.
  6. Ǫrv 1892 = Boer, R. C., ed. 1892a. Ǫrvar-Odds saga. Altnordische Saga-Bibliothek 2. Halle: Niemayer.
  7. Internal references
  8. Not published: do not cite (ǪrvOdd ÆvdrVIII (Ǫrv))
  9. Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 140 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 70)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 946.
  10. Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 141 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 71)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 947.
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