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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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8. Breta saga 8 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II, 8) [Vol. 8, 141]

[All]: Cf. DGB 116 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 151.151-5; cf. Wright 1988, 107, prophecy 31): Tantam ingluuiem uitare uolentes, diuersis tegumentis eam occultare nitentur. Quaecunque ergo moles superposita fuerit formam alterius corporis recipiet. Terra namque in lapides, lapides in limpham, lignum in cineres, cinis in aquam, si superiecta fuerint, uertentur ‘To escape this menace, they will try to hide it under various things. Whatever is placed upon it will assume a different form. If earth is put over the spring, it will become stones, stones become water, wood become ash and ash become water’ (Reeve and Wright 2007, 150).


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