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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 63VIII (Bret 63)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 63 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 63)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 186.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II

text and translation

Þó hefk sagt         seggja kindum
slíkt, es bók         brǫgnum kynnir.
Nýti sér         njótar stála
slíka sǫgn,         ok sésk fyrir.

Þó hefk sagt kindum seggja slíkt, es bók kynnir brǫgnum. {Njótar stála} nýti sér slíka sǫgn, ok sésk fyrir.
‘Yet I have told the children of men such [things] as the book teaches men. Let the users of weapons [WARRIORS] avail themselves of such sayings and take heed.

notes and context


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 63: AII, 21, BII, 23, Skald II, 14; Bret 1848-9, II, 37 (Bret st. 63); Hb 1892-6, 276-7; Merl 2012, 122-3.


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