Cookies on our website

We use cookies on this website, mainly to provide a secure browsing experience but also to collect statistics on how the website is used. You can find out more about the cookies we set, the information we store and how we use it on the cookies page.

Continue

skaldic

Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

Menu Search

GunnLeif Merl I 32VIII (Bret 100)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 100 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 32)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 70.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá I
313233

text and translation

‘Líðr nauðr yfir         naðr inn hvíta;
es hans kyn kvalit         ok konur ristnar.
Ræntr es hann borgum         ok búi mǫrgu,
fé hvers konar,         foldu grœnni;
eru grimmliga         gumnar drepnir.

‘Nauðr líðr yfir inn hvíta naðr; kyn hans es kvalit ok konur ristnar. Hann es ræntr borgum ok mǫrgu búi, fé hvers konar, grœnni foldu; gumnar eru grimmliga drepnir.
 
‘‘Hardship will overwhelm the white snake; his kindred will be tormented and his women lacerated. He will be robbed of cities and many an estate, property of every kind, the green land; men will be slaughtered savagely.

notes and context

Cf. DGB 112 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 147.51-5; cf. Wright 1988, 102, prophecy 4): Tunc infortunium albi festinabit et aedificia ortulorum eius diruentur … Ventres matrum secabuntur, et infantes abortiui erunt. Erit ingens supplicium hominum ut indigenae restituantur ‘Then the misfortune of the white will be hastened and the buildings in its gardens be destroyed … Mothers’ bellies will be cut open and infants aborted. People will suffer greatly in order that the natives be restored’ (Reeve and Wright 2007, 146). The prophecy refers to the reconquest of the Britons led by King Caduallo recounted in DGB XI (Reeve and Wright 2007, 272-3). — [5-8]: Gunnlaugr expands on the implications for land and property, as occasionally elsewhere: cf. I 41 Note to [All], I 42 Note to [All], I 62 Note to [All].

sources

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 32: AII, 26, BII, 30, Skald II, 19; Bret 1848-9, II, 49 (Bret st. 100); Hb 1892-6, 279; Merl 2012, 151.

Close

Log in

This service is only available to members of the relevant projects, and to purchasers of the skaldic volumes published by Brepols.
This service uses cookies. By logging in you agree to the use of cookies on your browser.

Close

Stanza/chapter/text segment

Use the buttons at the top of the page to navigate between stanzas in a poem.

Information tab

Interactive tab

The text and translation are given here, with buttons to toggle whether the text is shown in the verse order or prose word order. Clicking on indiviudal words gives dictionary links, variant readings, kennings and notes, where relevant.

Full text tab

This is the text of the edition in a similar format to how the edition appears in the printed volumes.

Chapter/text segment

This view is also used for chapters and other text segments. Not all the headings shown are relevant to such sections.