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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl I 100VIII (Bret 168)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 168 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 100)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 132.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá I

text and translation

Hirtisk hǫlðar         at hæða bœkr;
nemi skynsemi         ok skili gǫrla,
hvat táknat mun         í tǫlu þessi;
esat enn liðin         ǫll spásaga;
þó eru mǫrgum myrk         môl própheta.

Hirtisk hǫlðar at hæða bœkr; nemi skynsemi ok skili gǫrla, hvat mun táknat í þessi tǫlu; ǫll spásaga esat enn liðin; þó eru môl própheta myrk mǫrgum.
‘Let men be chary of scorning books; let them learn wisdom and understand fully what is signified in this narration; the entire prophecy has not yet come to pass; yet the words of the prophets are obscure to many.

notes and context

For the advocacy here, see I 101, Note to [All].


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 II 100: AII, 36, BII, 44, Skald II, 28; Bret 1848-9, II, 74 (Bret st. 168); Hb 1892-6, 283; Merl 2012, 207.


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