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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 10VIII (Bret 10)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 10 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 10)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 143.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II

text and translation

‘Tekr hon at reyna         ok at ráða fjǫlð;
tekr hon íþróttir         allar fremja.
Andar síðan         snót á brunna,
ok brúðr þurra         báða gervir.

‘Hon tekr at reyna ok at ráða fjǫlð; hon tekr fremja allar íþróttir. Snót andar síðan á brunna, ok brúðr gervir báða þurra.
‘‘She will start to test and devise a great many [remedies]; she will start practising all her arts. Then the woman will breathe on the springs and the lady will make them both dry.

notes and context

Cf. DGB 116 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 151.156-7; cf. Wright 1988, 108, prophecy 32): Quae ut omnes artes inierit, solo anhelitu suo fontes nociuos siccabit ‘After she has tried all her arts, she will dry up the deadly springs with her breath alone’ (Reeve and Wright 2007, 150).



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínússpá I 10: AII, 12, BII, 12, Skald II, 7; Bret 1848-9, II, 17 (Bret st. 10); Hb 1892-6, 272; Merl 2012, 75-6. 


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