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GunnLeif Merl I 18VIII (Bret 86)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 86 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 18)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 60.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá I
171819

vatns ‘the lake’s’

vatn (noun n.; °-s; -*): water, lake

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[2] farveg vatns ‘the lake’s outlet’: Referring to the skorningar ‘channels’ mentioned in I 13/2. The noun farvegr, lit. ‘route of travel’, is in prose predominantly used of the course of a river (Fritzner: farvegr 2; ONP: farvegr) but this is its sole attestation in that sense in poetry (LP: farvegr).

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farveg ‘outlet’

farvegr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -; acc. -u)

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[2] farveg vatns ‘the lake’s outlet’: Referring to the skorningar ‘channels’ mentioned in I 13/2. The noun farvegr, lit. ‘route of travel’, is in prose predominantly used of the course of a river (Fritzner: farvegr 2; ONP: farvegr) but this is its sole attestation in that sense in poetry (LP: farvegr).

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linnar ‘the snakes’

linnr (noun m.): snake

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þar ‘there’

þar (adv.): there

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ýmsir ‘now one, now the other’

ýmiss (adj.): various, alternate

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þar ‘there’

þar (adv.): there

[7] þar: þeir Hb

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[7] þar ‘there’: Emended in this edn from ms. þeir ‘they’ (not refreshed) for the sake of sense and parallelism with l. 5.

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Cf. DGB 111 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 145.30-1): Ipsis ergo in hunc modum pugnantibus ‘As they fought in this way’ (cf. Reeve and Wright 2007, 144).

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