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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 2VIII (Bret 2)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 2 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 134.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II

text and translation

Sagðr vas lýðum         ok landrekum
myrk* at ráða         mǫrg rǫk fyrir.
Kærr vas hann kristnu         kynni þjóðar;
vasat á moldu         maðr vitrari.

Sagðr vas at ráða mǫrg myrk* rǫk fyrir lýðum ok landrekum. Hann vas kærr kristnu kynni þjóðar; vitrari maðr vasat á moldu.
‘He was said to interpret many obscure signs before the people and rulers. He was dear to the Christian family of people; there was not a wiser man on earth.

notes and context

[7-8]: De Vries (1964-7, II, 75 n. 181) compares Gríp 52/5‑6.



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 2: AII, 11, BII, 10, Skald II, 6, NN §§90, 91; Bret 1848-9, II, 14 (Bret st. 2); Hb 1892-6, 272; Merl 2012, 66-7.


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