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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl I 60VIII (Bret 128)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 128 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 60)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 97.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá I

text and translation

‘Verðr af slíku         sverðéls hǫtuðr
himna ferðar         hugþekkr grami.
Ok at þetta líf         þingdjarfr konungr
taliðr es tyggja         tungls með englum.

‘{Hǫtuðr {sverðéls}} verðr hugþekkr {grami {ferðar himna}} af slíku. Ok þingdjarfr konungr es taliðr at líf þetta með englum {tyggja tungls}.
‘‘The hater of the sword-storm [BATTLE > HOLY MAN] will be dear to the lord of the host of the heavens [ANGELS > = God] because of such [deeds]. And the king bold in encounters will be counted after this life with the angels of the lord of the moon [= God].

notes and context

Cf. DGB 114 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 149.104-5; cf. Wright 1988, 105, prophecy 17): Promerebitur inde fauorem Tonantis et inter beatos collocabitur ‘For this he will earn the favour of the Thunderer and be numbered among the blessed’ (Reeve and Wright 2007, 148).



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 60: AII, 30, BII, 36, Skald II, 23; Bret 1848-9, II, 60 (Bret st. 128); Hb 1892-6, 280; Merl 2012, 173-4.


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