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GunnLeif Merl I 21VIII (Bret 89)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 89 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 21)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 62.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá I
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Táknar ‘stands for’

tákna (verb)

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inn ‘The’

2. inn (art.): the

kennings

‘Inn rauði fagrsili rás,’
‘‘The red fine rope of the earth,’ ’
   = SNAKE

‘The red fine rope of the earth,’ → SNAKE
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rauði ‘red’

rauðr (adj.; °compar. -ari): red

kennings

‘Inn rauði fagrsili rás,’
‘‘The red fine rope of the earth,’ ’
   = SNAKE

‘The red fine rope of the earth,’ → SNAKE
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rás ‘of the earth’

4. rá (noun n.): [earth]

kennings

‘Inn rauði fagrsili rás,’
‘‘The red fine rope of the earth,’ ’
   = SNAKE

‘The red fine rope of the earth,’ → SNAKE

notes

[2] fagrsili rás ‘the fine rope of the earth [SNAKE]’: See Note to I 12/8. The cpd fagrsili is a hap. leg.

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fagrsili ‘fine rope’

fagrsili (noun m.): [fine rope]

kennings

‘Inn rauði fagrsili rás,’
‘‘The red fine rope of the earth,’ ’
   = SNAKE

‘The red fine rope of the earth,’ → SNAKE

notes

[2] fagrsili rás ‘the fine rope of the earth [SNAKE]’: See Note to I 12/8. The cpd fagrsili is a hap. leg.

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bjóðr ‘the offerer’

2. bjóðr (noun m.): inviter

kennings

bjóðr bragar,
‘the offerer of poetry, ’
   = POET = Merlin

the offerer of poetry, → POET = Merlin
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bragar ‘of poetry’

bragr (noun m.; °-ar): poem, poetry

kennings

bjóðr bragar,
‘the offerer of poetry, ’
   = POET = Merlin

the offerer of poetry, → POET = Merlin
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brezka ‘the British’

brezkr (adj.): British

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naðr ‘snake’

naðr (noun m.): snake

[5] naðr: maðr Hb

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[5] naðr ‘snake’: Emended by Bret 1848-9, followed by all subsequent eds, from ms. maðr ‘man’ (not refreshed). Cf. 32/2.

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ina ‘for the’

2. inn (art.): the

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heiðnu ‘heathen’

heiðinn (adj.): heathen

[6] heiðnu: heiðna Hb

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brezkar ‘the British’

brezkr (adj.): British

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Cf. DGB 112 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 145.34-6; cf. Wright 1988, 102, prophecy 1): Cauernas ipsius occupabit albus draco, qui Saxones quos inuitasti significat. Rubeus uero gentem designat Britanniae, quae ab albo opprimetur ‘Its caves will be taken by the white dragon, which symbolises the Saxons whom you have summoned. The red represents the people of Britain, whom the white will oppress’ (Reeve and Wright 2007, 144). Gunnlaugr rationalises the ‘caves’ as ‘lands’.

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