Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 147 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 79)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 116.
‘Kømr árgalli enn inn mikli
ok meinliga manndauðr of her;
eyðask borgir við bragna tjón.
Es nauðr mikil nýtra manna;
flýr margr á brott maðr ór landi.
‘Enn kømr inn mikli árgalli ok manndauðr meinliga of her; borgir eyðask við tjón bragna. Es mikil nauðr nýtra manna; margr maðr flýr á brott ór landi.
‘‘Once more there will come a great failure of the harvest and mortality [with it], hurtfully over the people; cities will be devastated with the loss of men. There will be great adversity for valiant men; many a man will flee away from the land. ’
Cf. DGB 115 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 151.127-8; cf. Wright 1988, 106, prophecy 25): Redibit iterum fames, redibit mortalitas; et desolationem urbium dolebunt ciues ‘Hunger will return, plague will return, and the natives will lament the desolation of their cities’ (cf. Reeve and Wright 2007, 150).
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.
enn inn mikli
manndauðr of her;
við bragna tjón.
Es auðn mikil
flýr margr á brott
maðr ór landi.
Kemr argalli en hin mikli ok meinliga manndavðr vm her eyðaz | borgir við bragna tion er avðn mikil nytra manna flyr margr a brott maðr or landi
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