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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 59VIII (Bret 59)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 59 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 59)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 183.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II

text and translation

‘Ok þar á hlýrni         heiðar stjǫrnur
má marka því         moldar hvergi.
Sumar fara ǫfgar,         sumar annan veg
af inni gǫmlu         gǫngu sinni.

‘Ok því má marka heiðar stjǫrnur þar á hlýrni hvergi moldar. Sumar fara ǫfgar, sumar annan veg af inni gǫmlu gǫngu sinni.
‘‘And for that cause it will not be possible anywhere on earth to distinguish the bright stars there in heaven. Some will go backwards, some on a different path away from their ancient course.

notes and context

Briefly summarised from DGB 117, prophecy 73.


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 59: AII, 20, BII, 22, Skald II, 14; Bret 1848-9, II, 36 (Bret st. 59); Hb 1892-6, 276; Merl 2012, 120.


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