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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 68VIII (Bret 68)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 68 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 68)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 189.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II

text and translation

Ok herþarfr         hrindi gǫrla
gumna liðs         grandi hverju,
svát til lífs         leiði gǫrva
þjóðar vǫrðr         þetta mengi.

Ok hrindi herþarfr gǫrla hverju grandi liðs gumna, svát {vǫrðr þjóðar} leiði gǫrva þetta mengi til lífs.
‘And may the one beneficent to his people utterly avert all harm to the host of men, so that the protector of the people [= God] may fully lead this multitude to life.

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 68: AII, 21, BII, 24, Skald II, 15; Bret 1848-9, II, 38 (Bret st. 68); Hb 1892-6, 277; Merl 2012, 126-7.


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