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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 62VIII (Bret 62)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 62 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 62)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 185.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II

text and translation

Væri mart         mǫnnum kynna
ór folkstafs         fornu kvæði.
Ek mun þó         þeygi fleira
Þróttar þings         þollum segja.

Mart væri kynna mǫnnum ór fornu kvæði {folkstafs}. Ek mun þó þeygi segja {þollum {þings Þróttar}} fleira.
‘There would be many things to inform men [about] from the old poem of the people-stave [LEADER = Merlin]. I will however not say more to the fir-trees of the assembly of Þróttr <= Óðinn> [BATTLE > WARRIORS].

notes and context

The consistent use of the kviðuháttr verse-form begins with this stanza and continues to the end of the poem.


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 62: AII, 20-1, BII, 22-3, Skald II, 14; Bret 1848-9, II, 37 (Bret st. 62); Hb 1892-6, 276; Merl 2012, 122.


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