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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 21VIII (Bret 21)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 21 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 21)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 154.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II

text and translation

‘En it horska dýr         hlezk aldini
harðla góðu,         þvís hilmir velr.
Koma foglar þar         fljúgandi til
af vum víða         vitja epla.

‘En it horska dýr hlezk harðla góðu aldini, þvís hilmir velr. Foglar koma þar fljúgandi til, víða af vum, vitja epla.
‘‘And the wise beast will load himself with very good fruit, which the king selects. There birds will come flying up, far and wide from the woods, to visit the apples.

notes and context

Cf. DGB 116 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 153.172-3; cf. Wright 1988, 108, prophecy 36): oneratus pomis, ad quorum odorem diuersorum nemorum conuolabunt uolucres ‘laden with apples, to whose fragrance the birds will flock from various forests’ (cf. Reeve and Wright 2007, 152). — [1-4]: The ‘wise beast’ and the ‘king’ are one and the same, both nouns referring back to the hedgehog-king of II 19/1 (also II 22/1); cf. his designation as landreki ‘ruler’ in 19/4.



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 21: AII, 14, BII, 14, Skald II, 9; Bret 1848-9, II, 22 (Bret st. 21); Hb 1892-6, 273; Merl 2012, 86-7.


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