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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 34VIII (Bret 34)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 34 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 34)’ 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

‘Dregr él yfir         ógnar ljóma;
gerir drjúgan dyn         dýrra malma.
Gnýr es á glæstum         Gǫndlar himni
ok í hǫrðum hlam         Hlakkar tjǫldum.
Erut skjólsamar         Skǫglar kápur;
hrýtr hagl boga         hlíf í gegnum.

‘{Él {ljóma ógnar}} dregr yfir; gerir drjúgan dyn dýrra malma. Gnýr es á {glæstum himni Gǫndlar} ok hlam í {hǫrðum tjǫldum Hlakkar}. {Kápur Skǫglar} erut skjólsamar; {hagl boga} hrýtr í gegnum hlíf.
‘‘A blizzard of the light of terror [SWORD > BATTLE] is blowing; it causes a mighty din of precious weapons. There is a clashing on the shining heaven of Gǫndul <valkyrie> [SHIELD] and a thudding against the tough awnings of Hlǫkk <valkyrie> [SHIELDS]. The capes of Skǫgul <valkyrie> [MAIL-SHIRTS] are not protective; the hail of bows [ARROWS] pierces through armour.

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 34: AII, 16, BII, 17, Skald II, 10-11, NN §2567A; Bret 1848-9, II, 27-8 (Bret st. 34); Hb 1892-6, 274; Merl 2012, 97-9.


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