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GunnLeif Merl II 48VIII (Bret 48)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 48 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 48)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 176.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II
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Verða ‘will be’

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1. verða (verb): become, be

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síðar ‘later’

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síðarr (adv.): later

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á ‘in’

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3. á (prep.): on, at

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sama ‘that same’

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samr (adj.; °compar. -ari): same

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landi ‘land’

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land (noun n.; °-s; *-): land

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léparðar ‘leopards’

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léparðr (noun m.)

[3] léparðar: ‘lꝍpartar’ Hb

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[3] léparðar ‘leopards’: Emended thus in Skald from ms. ‘lꝍpartar’ (printed as lœpartar in Skj B, but contrast LP: léparðr). Again Geoffrey has ‘lion’ here: for Gunnlaugr’s confusion of leopards and lions, see Note to II 45/3.

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sjau ‘Seven’

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sjau (num. cardinal): seven

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linni ‘to the snake’

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linnr (noun m.): snake

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hafa ‘will have’

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hafa (verb): have

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brúsa ‘of he-goats’

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brúsi (noun m.; °-a): he-goat

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[5] brúsa ‘of he-goats’: This edn follows Kock (NN §1281; cf. Merl 2012), who construes brúsa as gen. pl. rather than sg. (cf. Geoffrey’s text and contrast Skj B).

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bǫlgjǫrn ‘the baleful’

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bǫlgjarn (adj.)

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hǫfuð ‘heads’

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hǫfuð (noun n.; °-s; -): head

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eru ‘will be’

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2. vera (verb): be, is, was, were, are, am

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dáðlausir ‘bereft of [noble] deeds’

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dáðlauss (adj.; °·lausan; compar. ·lausari, superl. ·lausastr): °without virtue, incapable, lacking in courage and drive, despicable, cowardly

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[7] dáðlausir ‘bereft of [noble] deeds’: This edn follows Kock (NN §1281), who compares II 64/5 drýgjum dáð ‘let us practise [good] deeds’. Finnur Jónsson explains as ‘without renowned deeds’ (LP: dáðlauss; cf. Merl 2012), and that might also be correct.

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dǫglings ‘the king’s’

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dǫglingr (noun m.; °; -ar): king, ruler

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Cf. DGB 116 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 157.228-9; cf. Wright 1988, 111, prophecy 53): Egredientur ex eo septem leones capitibus hircorum turpati ‘From it will emerge seven lions, disfigured with the heads of goats’ (Reeve and Wright 2007, 156). Prophecies 47 to 52 inclusive are not represented in Merl; for the possibility that there is an extensive lacuna at this point in Hb see Merl 2012, 39-44).

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