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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl I 66VIII (Bret 134)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 134 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 66)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 103.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá I

text and translation

‘Bresta brynjur,         bíta malmar,
eru dreyrfáið         dǫrr á lopti,
fleinn á flaugun,         folk í dreyra,
bíldr í benjum,         broddar á skildi,
hjalmr á hǫfði,         hlíf fyr brjósti,
geirr á gangi,         guðr í vexti.

‘Bresta brynjur, malmar bíta, dreyrfáið dǫrr eru á lopti, fleinn á flaugun, folk í dreyra, bíldr í benjum, broddar á skildi, hjalmr á hǫfði, hlíf fyr brjósti, geirr á gangi, guðr í vexti.
‘‘Mail-shirts split, weapons bite; blood-stained darts are in the air, the spear in flight, the army in blood, the arrow in wounds, spear-points in the shield, the helmet on the head, the shield before the breast, the spear in motion, battle on the increase.

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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 66: AII, 31, BII, 37, Skald II, 23; Bret 1848-9, II, 62 (Bret st. 134); Hb 1892-6, 281; Merl 2012, 178-80.


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