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GunnLeif Merl I 57VIII (Bret 125)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 125 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 57)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 95.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá I
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text and translation

‘Sá bjartar brýtr         borgir Íra
ok foldar til         fellir skóga.
Gerir ræsir eitt         ríki margra;
tekr léónis         lávarðr hǫfuð.

‘Sá brýtr bjartar borgir Íra ok fellir skóga til foldar. Ræsir gerir eitt ríki margra; lávarðr tekr hǫfuð léónis.
 
‘‘He will destroy the splendid cities of the Irish and fell the forests to the ground. The leader will create one kingdom out of many; the lord will take on the head of a lion.

notes and context

Cf. DGB 114 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 149.99-100; cf. Wright 1988, 105, prophecy 17): Sextus Hiberniae moenia subuertet et nemora in planiciem mutabit. Diuersas portiones in unum reducet et capite leonis coronabitur ‘The sixth will overthrow the city walls of Ireland and turn its forests into a plain. He will reduce various shares to one and be crowned with the lion’s head’ (Reeve and Wright 2007, 148). This prophecy relates to the strong Norman king referred to in st. 56. Henry II did indeed successfully invade Ireland in 1171, lending credence to Geoffrey’s prophecy.

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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 57: AII, 30, BII, 35, Skald II, 22, NN §3143B; Bret 1848-9, II, 59 (Bret st. 125); Hb 1892-6, 280; Merl 2012, 171.

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