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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 23VIII (Ǫrv 93)

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫrvar-Odds saga 93 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Ævidrápa 23)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 906.


Búnir létumz         á burt þaðan
brátt ór eyju,         þegar byr fengi.
Heilir kómum         heim ór þeiri;
gerðu fagna         frændr hollvinum.

Létumz brátt búnir þaðan á burt ór eyju, þegar fengi byr. Kómum heilir heim ór þeiri; frændr gerðu fagna hollvinum.

We were ready to go away from there quickly from the island as soon as a favourable wind appeared. We came home unharmed from that [journey]; kinsmen made their loyal friends welcome.

Mss: 343a(80v), 471(94v), 173ˣ(62ra) (Ǫrv)

Readings: [1] létumz: so 471, 173ˣ, létuz 343a    [2] á burt: í burtu 173ˣ    [5] kómum: kómumz 173ˣ

Editions: Skj AII, 310, Skj BII, 329, Skald II, 176; Ǫrv 1888, 201, FSGJ 2, 347.

Notes: [All]: Oddr and his party arrive in Hrafnista and spend the winter there, according to the saga (Ǫrv 1888, 50-1).


  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. Ǫrv 1888 = Boer, R. C., ed. 1888. Ǫrvar-Odds saga. Leiden: Brill.

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