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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 33VIII (Bret 33)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 33 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 33)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 164.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II

text and translation

‘Hríð gerisk hjalma,         hlífar klofna;
eru rammliga         randir kníðar.
Gnesta geirar,         es guðr vakin;
verðr víða lið         at vallroði.

‘{Hríð hjalma} gerisk, hlífar klofna; randir eru kníðar rammliga. Geirar gnesta, guðr es vakin, lið verðr víða at vallroði.
‘‘The storm of helmets [BATTLE] arises, shields are split; the shields are battered powerfully. Spears clatter, battle is awakened; far and wide the army is made to redden the battlefield.

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 33: AII, 16, BII, 17, Skald II, 10; Bret 1848-9, II, 27 (Bret st. 33); Hb 1892-6, 274; Merl 2012, 96-7.


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