Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 50 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 50)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 177.
Langt es at tína, þats lofða vinr
of aldar far ýtum sagði.
Es fæst í því fagrt at heyra;
lætk líða þat ok lok segja.
Es langt at tína, þats vinr lofða sagði ýtum of far aldar. Fæst es fagrt at heyra í því; lætk þat líða ok segja lok.
‘It is long to compile what the friend of the people told men concerning the course of the age. Very little of it is pleasant to hear; I will let it go by and tell the conclusion. ’
From this point in Merl the use of the prophecies in DGB becomes more selective. Cf. I 93/7-8, which states that sumt ‘some’ of the prophecies to be found in Gunnlaugr’s source are translated, but not all of them. — [5-6]: Perhaps in particular an allusion to prophecy 54, which describes a battle between a dragon and a naked giant (Reeve and Wright 2007, 156‑7); similar motifs occur in subsequent prophecies.
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.
Langt er at tina þat er lofða vínr vm alldar far ytvm sagði er fæst i þvi fagrt at heyra . | læt ek liða þat ok lok segia
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