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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 60VIII (Bret 60)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 60 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 60)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 184.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II
596061

text and translation

‘Sumar sœkjask at,         en sumar firrask;
bregða ljósi         ok litum fǫgrum.
Berjask vindar         — þau eru veðr mikil —
ok hljóm gera         meðal himintungla.

‘Sumar sœkjask at, en sumar firrask; bregða ljósi ok fǫgrum litum. Vindar berjask ok gera hljóm meðal himintungla; þau eru veðr mikil.
 
‘‘Some will approach each other and some draw away; change their light and their beautiful colours. The winds will contend and cause tumult between the heavenly bodies; those are great storms.

notes and context

The first helmingr summarises DGB 117, prophecy 73 (see Note to II 58-9). The second helmingr is based on DGB 117 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 159.303-4; cf. Wright 1988, 115, prophecy 74): Confligent uenti diro sufflamine et sonitum inter sidera conficient ‘The winds will contend with a terrible blast and make a din amongst the stars’ (cf. Reeve and Wright 2007, 158).

sources

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 60: AII, 20, BII, 22, Skald II, 14; Bret 1848-9, II, 36 (Bret st. 60); Hb 1892-6, 276; Merl 2012, 120-1.

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