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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 8VIII (Bret 8)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 8 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 8)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 141.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II

text and translation

The new edition is either unpublished or unavailable. The following is taken from an old edition (Skj where relevant):

Vilja hǫlðar
hylja brunna,
þás flestum hal
fjǫrspell gera,
en þats lýðir
á lǫg bera
alt verðr at ǫðru,
en áðr séi,
grund at grjóti,
grjót at vatni,
viðr at ǫsku,
en af ǫsku vatn.


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 8: AII, 11-12, BII, 12, Skald II, 7; Bret 1848-9, II, 16-17 (Bret st. 8); Hb 1892-6, 272; Merl 2012, 72-3.


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