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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 32VIII (Bret 32)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 32 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 32)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 163.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II

text and translation

‘Halda þeir sunnan         of svalan ægi
Bretlands á vit;         búask til rómu.
En refr hinig         með rekka lið
ferr fráliga         fold at verja.

‘Þeir halda sunnan of svalan ægi á vit Bretlands; búask til rómu. En refr ferr fráliga hinig at verja fold með lið rekka.
‘‘They will hold their course from the south across the cold sea towards Wales; they will prepare for battle. But the fox will go there swiftly to defend the land with a band of men.

notes and context

See Note to II 31 [All].


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 32: AII, 16, BII, 16-17, Skald II, 10; Bret 1848-9, II, 27 (Bret st. 32); Hb 1892-6, 274; Merl 2012, 96.


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