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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 53VIII (Bret 53)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 53 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 53)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 179.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II

text and translation

‘Hagr gerisk hǫlða         hættr í mǫrgu;
munat fyrða ráð         fagrt at reyna.
Dyljask drjúgum         draums ívaðendr;
við sjalfa sik         sjásk ekki at.

‘Hagr hǫlða gerisk hættr í mǫrgu; munat fagrt at reyna ráð fyrða. Ívaðendr draums dyljask drjúgum; sjásk ekki at við sik sjalfa.
‘‘The state of men will become perilous in many ways; it will not be good to test the conduct of men. Wanderers in a dream, they will be massively deluded; they will not take heed about themselves.

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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 53: AII, 19, BII, 21, Skald II, 13; Bret 1848-9, II, 34 (Bret st. 53); Hb 1892-6, 276; Merl 2012, 115.


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