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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 4VIII (Bret 4)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 4 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 4)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 138.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II

text and translation

Ljós mun lýðum         ljóðbók vesa;
þós í frœði         flest at ráða,
þats fyrir jǫfurr         ǫldum sagði
brezkri þjóðu;         nú skal brag kveða.

Ljóðbók mun vesa ljós lýðum; þós flest at ráða í frœði, þats jǫfurr sagði brezkri þjóðu fyrir ǫldum; nú skal kveða brag.
‘The song-book will be clear to men; yet most [of it] is to be interpreted by means of wisdom that ages ago the leader imparted to the British people; now the poem shall be recited.

notes and context

Here Gunnlaugr concludes his introduction.



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 4: AII, 11, BII, 11, Skald II, 7, NN §93; Bret 1848-9, II, 15 (Bret st. 4); Hb 1892-6, 272; Merl 2012, 68-70.


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