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GunnLeif Merl II 58VIII (Bret 58)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 58 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 58)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 183.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II
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text and translation

‘En grund ept þat         gróða hafnar;
né skúr ofan         ór skýjum kemr.
Sól ok máni         sjǫlf annan veg
fara fagrskǫpuð,         en þau fyrr hafi.

‘En grund hafnar gróða ept þat; né kemr skúr ofan ór skýjum. Sól ok máni sjǫlf, fagrskǫpuð, fara annan veg, en þau fyrr hafi.
 
‘‘But the earth will lose its fecundity after that; nor will the shower descend from the clouds. The sun and the moon themselves, beautifully created, will take a different path from the one they have [taken] previously.

notes and context

Gunnlaugr appears to be summarising Geoffrey’s description of the disruption of the heavenly bodies in prophecies 72 and 73, especially 72 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 159.288-9): Arebunt segetes his indignantibus, et humor conuexi negabitur ‘Because of their wrath crops will wither and moisture from the sky will be denied’ (cf. Reeve and Wright 2007, 158; cf. Wright 1988, 114).

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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 58: AII, 20, BII, 22, Skald II, 14; Bret 1848-9, II, 35-6 (Bret st. 58); Hb 1892-6, 276; Merl 2012, 119-20.

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