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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl I 8VIII (Bret 76)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 76 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 8)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 53.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá I

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The new edition is either unpublished or unavailable. The following is taken from an old edition (Skj where relevant):

Kalla lét fylkir
fróða seggi;
frá gunnþorinn
gramr hvat olli,
es gǫrla hvarf
grundvǫllr sá brott,
sem grund gǫmul
gleypði steina
eða hamloðin
har . . . . eldi.


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 8: AII, 23, BII, 25, Skald II, 16, NN §1282; Bret 1848-9, II, 41 (Bret st. 76); Hb 1892-6, 277; Merl 2012, 133-5.


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