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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl I 44VIII (Bret 112)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 112 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 44)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 80.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá I

text and translation

‘Þá mun grimmum         ganga at móti
landnyrðingr hvass         lundar fjǫtri
ok blóma þá         á brott reka,
es vestrœnir         vindar grœddu.

‘Þá mun hvass landnyrðingr ganga at móti {grimmum fjǫtri lundar} ok reka þá blóma á brott, es vestrœnir vindar grœddu.
‘‘Then a sharp northeast wind will come against the savage fetter of the grove [SNAKE], and drive away the flowers that the westerly winds fostered.

notes and context

Cf. DGB 113 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 147.68-9; cf. Wright 1988, 103, prophecy 8): Tunc exurget in illum aquilo et flores quos zephirus procreauit eripiet ‘Then the north wind will rise against it and blow away the flowers the western breeze has nurtured’ (Reeve and Wright 2007, 146). This prophecy alludes to Viking raids in England.



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 44: AII, 28, BII, 33, Skald II, 20-1, NN §102; Bret 1848-9, II, 54 (Bret st. 112); Hb 1892-6, 280; Merl 2012, 160-1.


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