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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl I 103VIII (Bret 171)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 171 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 103)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 133.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá I

text and translation

Heilir allir,         þeirs hlýtt hafa,
fleinvarpaðir         frœði þessu.
Geri gótt gumar         en glati illu,
bíði bráða         bót afruna,
hafi hylli guðs         ok himinríki.

Heilir allir {fleinvarpaðir}, þeirs hafa hlýtt frœði þessu. Gumar geri gótt en glati illu, bíði bráða bót afruna, hafi hylli guðs ok himinríki.
‘Hail all barb-throwers [WARRIORS] who have listened to this lore. Let men do good and shun evil, experience a speedy remedy for their errors, have the grace of God and the heavenly kingdom.

notes and context

[1-2]: Turville-Petre (1953, 201) compares these lines with Hávm 164/5-8. — [10]: After this line, as noted in Merl 2012, the word Amen appears, probably as a scribal addition.


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 103: AII, 36, BII, 45, Skald II, 28; Bret 1848-9, II, 75 (Bret st. 171); Hb 1892-6, 283; Merl 2012, 209-10.


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