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* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing: Captured by the viking Saemund, Odd spends the night scheduled to be executed in the morning, with his feet shackled and his hands tied behind his back, and guarded by twelve men. He strikes up a conversation with his guards to lull their vigilance, and eventually sings to them until they are all sleeping. Odd then crawls to a nearby axe and manages to cut the fetters on his hands on its edge. He unties his feet, grabs the axe, kills the guards, and gets away.

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* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: When Vignir, Odd's son with the giantess Hildigunn, meets his father for the first time, he is stumped that Odd is a normal-sized person, i.e. what amounts to a midget in the eyes of a giant.
-->''"I'm at a loss for words, said Vignir.\\
"Why's that?" asked Odd.\\
"I can't believe such a puny-looking little wretch as you could be my father," said Vignir.''

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* ProphecyArmor: As a teenager growing up in Berurjod in Norway, Odd receives the prophecy that he will die in Berurjod, killed by the horse Faxi. Odd kills Faxi and leaves Berurjod to become a viking, intending never to return. He survives countless battles unscathed and lives to the age of three-hundred until he gets homesick and resolves to visit Berurjod, where he is bitten by a viper nesting in the skull of Faxi, and dies.


* SuperToughness: Over the course of his feud with Odd, Ogmund Eythjofslayer gets every bone in his body broken, his face torn off, and jumps from a 80 yard cliff into the North Atlantic. Yet he survives all and recovers every time, even if gruesomely scarred.

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* SuperToughness: Over the course of his feud with Odd, Ogmund Eythjofslayer gets every bone in his body broken, his face torn off, his buttocks sliced off, and jumps from a 80 yard cliff into the North Atlantic. Yet he survives all and recovers every time, even if gruesomely scarred.


* TogetherInDeath: When Odd brings Hjalmar's corpse to Sweden, princess Ingibjorg drops dead from grief, and Odd has them buried in the same gravemound.
-->''"Since they weren't allowed to while they lived, these two can enjoy each other in death."''



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* TragicBromance: Over the course of his life, Odd loses several of his numerous blood-brothers, each death being a great crisis for Odd: Asmund, who grew up with Odd, is killed on a raid in Ireland; Thord Prow-Gleam is murdered by Odd's arch-enemy Ogmund, causing Odd to swear vengeance on Ogmund; Hjalmar is killed in single-combat with Angantyr; Gardar is killed at Geirrodsgard when Odd tries to avenge Thord. After the death of Gardar, Odd decides to travel alone, for fear of losing yet more blood-brothers.

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* TragicBromance: Over the course of his life, Odd loses several of his numerous blood-brothers, each death being a great crisis for Odd: him: Asmund, who grew up with Odd, is killed on a raid in Ireland; Thord Prow-Gleam is murdered by Odd's arch-enemy Ogmund, causing Odd to swear vengeance on Ogmund; Hjalmar is killed in single-combat with Angantyr; Gardar is killed at Geirrodsgard when Odd tries to avenge Thord. After the death of Gardar, Odd decides to travel alone, for fear of losing yet more blood-brothers. blood-brothers, but ultimately he cannot prevent the death of his last blood-brother Sirnir in battle with Ogmund.

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* TragicBromance: Over the course of his life, Odd loses several of his numerous blood-brothers, each death being a great crisis for Odd: Asmund, who grew up with Odd, is killed on a raid in Ireland; Thord Prow-Gleam is murdered by Odd's arch-enemy Ogmund, causing Odd to swear vengeance on Ogmund; Hjalmar is killed in single-combat with Angantyr; Gardar is killed at Geirrodsgard when Odd tries to avenge Thord. After the death of Gardar, Odd decides to travel alone, for fear of losing yet more blood-brothers.

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* ManBitesMan: The long and hard single combat between the half-troll Ogmund and Vignir is finally decided when Ogmund tears out Vignir's throat with his teeth, killing him.


''Arrow-Odd's Saga'' is an example of an [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Icelandic]] ''[[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas lygisaga]]'' [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas or romantic saga]], a fantastical narrative set in the world of NorseMythology but which uses traditional legends only as a starting point for creative tale-spinning. While Arrow-Odd appears in a bit part both in ''Literature/GestaDanorum'' and ''Literature/TheSagaOfHervorAndHeidrek'', only the ''Saga of Arrow-Odd'' tells about his career as an immortal adventurer, and Odd's voyages which lead him from the White Sea to Jerusalem, from Greenland to Greece, and even to lands outside the known world go far beyond the traditional geography of Norse heroic legend.

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''Arrow-Odd's Saga'' is an example of an [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Icelandic]] ''[[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas lygisaga]]'' [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas or romantic saga]], a fantastical narrative set in the world of NorseMythology Myth/NorseMythology but which uses traditional legends only as a starting point for creative tale-spinning. While Arrow-Odd appears in a bit part both in ''Literature/GestaDanorum'' and ''Literature/TheSagaOfHervorAndHeidrek'', only the ''Saga of Arrow-Odd'' tells about his career as an immortal adventurer, and Odd's voyages which lead him from the White Sea to Jerusalem, from Greenland to Greece, and even to lands outside the known world go far beyond the traditional geography of Norse heroic legend.


* AntiVillain: Ogmund Eythjofslayer is a monstrous half-demon chock full of black magic who kills Odd's entire crew and treacherously murders Odd's blood-brother Thord Prow-Gleam. But later we learn that Ogmund acted in revenge of Odd's depredations in Bjarmaland and so is hardly more ruthless or cruel than Odd. Moreover, after their first encounter Ogmund tries to get away from Odd, and it is Odd who keeps up the feud out of vindictiveness. Ogmund even tries to reconcile with Odd, and eventually offers him his friendship.

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* AntiVillain: Ogmund Eythjofslayer is a monstrous half-demon chock full of black magic who kills Odd's entire crew and treacherously murders Odd's blood-brother Thord Prow-Gleam. But later we learn that Ogmund acted in revenge of Odd's depredations in Bjarmaland and so is hardly more ruthless or cruel than Odd. Moreover, after their first encounter Ogmund tries to get away from Odd, and it is Odd who keeps up the feud hunts him out of vindictiveness. Ogmund even tries to reconcile with Odd, and eventually offers him his friendship.


* AntiVillain: Ogmund Eythjofslayer is a monstrous half-demon chock full of black magic who kills Odd's entire crew and treacherously murders Odd's blood-brother Thord Prow-Gleam. But later we learn that Ogmund acted in revenge of Odd's depredations in Bjarmaland and so is hardly more ruthless or cruel than Odd. Moreover, after their first encounter Ogmund tries to get away from Odd, and it is Odd who keeps up the feud out of vindictiveness. Ogmund even tries sincerely to reconcile with Odd, and eventually offers him his friendship.

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* AntiVillain: Ogmund Eythjofslayer is a monstrous half-demon chock full of black magic who kills Odd's entire crew and treacherously murders Odd's blood-brother Thord Prow-Gleam. But later we learn that Ogmund acted in revenge of Odd's depredations in Bjarmaland and so is hardly more ruthless or cruel than Odd. Moreover, after their first encounter Ogmund tries to get away from Odd, and it is Odd who keeps up the feud out of vindictiveness. Ogmund even tries sincerely to reconcile with Odd, and eventually offers him his friendship.

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* AntiVillain: Ogmund Eythjofslayer is a monstrous half-demon chock full of black magic who kills Odd's entire crew and treacherously murders Odd's blood-brother Thord Prow-Gleam. But later we learn that Ogmund acted in revenge of Odd's depredations in Bjarmaland and so is hardly more ruthless or cruel than Odd. Moreover, after their first encounter Ogmund tries to get away from Odd, and it is Odd who keeps up the feud out of vindictiveness. Ogmund even tries sincerely to reconcile with Odd, and eventually offers him his friendship.

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* RevengeByProxy: When Ogmund realizes he cannot bring Odd down, he murders Odd's blood brother Thord Prow-Gleam only to punish Odd.


* ArchEnemy: Ogmund Eythjofslayer and Odd are locked in a deadly feud that lasts for most of their lives and has been triggered by Odd's depredation of Bjarmaland, Odd's very first viking cruise and the same voyage that made him rich and famous in the first place.

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* ArchEnemy: Ogmund Eythjofslayer and Odd are locked in a deadly feud that lasts for most of their lives and has been triggered by Odd's depredation of Bjarmaland, Odd's very first viking cruise and the same voyage that made him rich and famous in the first place. Despite being deadly enemies, they also have much in common--such as being nigh-immortals who dedicate their lives to the quest for glory by battle and conquest.

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