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GunnLeif Merl I 20VIII (Bret 88)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 88 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 20)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 61.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá I
192021

greiða ‘explain’

greiða (verb): alleviate

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aldar ‘of the people’

ǫld (noun f.; °; aldir): people, age

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snytrir aldar
‘the teacher of the people ’
   = PROPHET = Merlin

the teacher of the people → PROPHET = Merlin
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snytrir ‘the teacher’

snytrir (noun m.): teacher, instructor

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snytrir aldar
‘the teacher of the people ’
   = PROPHET = Merlin

the teacher of the people → PROPHET = Merlin
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rǫkstælta ‘well-grounded’

rǫkstæltr (adj.)

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[7] rǫkstælta spá ‘well-grounded prophecy’: Cf. LP: rǫkstæltr; this would mean literally ‘prophecy reinforced by signs’; cf. Note to II 3/7.

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spá ‘prophecy’

1. spá (noun f.; °-r; -r/-ir): prophecy

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[7] rǫkstælta spá ‘well-grounded prophecy’: Cf. LP: rǫkstæltr; this would mean literally ‘prophecy reinforced by signs’; cf. Note to II 3/7.

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Cf. DGB 111 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 145.32-3): Mox ille, in fletum erumpens, spiritum hausit prophetiae et ait ‘He burst into tears and was inspired to prophesy thus’ (Reeve and Wright 2007, 144). Gunnlaugr’s added characterisations of the prophet (‘teacher of the people’) and the prophecy (‘well-grounded’) may be part of his determined advocacy of the material’s veracity, seen most explicitly in I 95‑102.

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