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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪrvOdd Ævdr 12VIII (Ǫrv 82)/7 — ófa ‘exceedingly’

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.


[7] ófa (‘ova’): so 471, ‘ofrs’ 343a, of‑ 173ˣ


[7] ófa marga ‘exceedingly many’: Following the reading of 471, ófa is understood as the gen. pl. (used adverbially) of óf ‘excess’; cf. LP: óf. Ǫrv 1888 prefers 173ˣ’s reading ofmarga mjök ‘much too many [men]’.



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