Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 154 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 86)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 121.
‘Ok hann síðan þekr þykku laufi
einn of alla eybarms fjǫru.
Megut þá fljúga foglar í landi,
þvíat hann œgir þeim, en hann enn til sín
laðar fogla fljótt ferð útlendra.
‘Ok síðan þekr hann einn þykku laufi of alla fjǫru eybarms. Foglar megut þá fljúga í landi, þvíat hann œgir þeim, en hann laðar enn ferð útlendra fogla fljótt til sín.
‘‘And then it alone will cover with its dense foliage the entire foreshore of the island’s fringe. The birds within the land will then be unable to fly, because he will frighten them, but yet he will quickly entice a host of foreign birds to himself. ’
Cf. DGB 115 (Reeve and Wright 2007, 151.137-9; cf. Wright 1988, 107, prophecy 28): et uolucres exterarum regionum sustentabit. Patriis uolatilibus nociuus habebitur; nam timore umbrae eius liberos uolatus amittent ‘and feed birds from foreign lands. It will prove harmful to native birds; for they will not be able to fly freely in fear of its shadow’ (Reeve and Wright 2007, 150).
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Ok hann siþan þeckr þyckv lavfi ein vm alla eykarms | fiorv megvð þa flivga fvglar i landi þviat hann ꝍgir þeim en hann en til sin laðar fvgla fliott ferð v́t | lendra
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