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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl I 95VIII (Bret 163)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 163 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 95)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 128.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá I

text and translation

Viti bragnar þat,         þeirs bók lesa,
hvé at spjǫllum sé         spámanns farit,
ok kynni þat         kjaldýrs viðum,
hverr fyrða sé         framsýnna hôttr
môl at rekja,          þaus menn vitut.

Bragnar, þeirs lesa bók, viti þat, hvé sé farit at spjǫllum spámanns, ok kynni þat {viðum {kjaldýrs}}, hverr hôttr framsýnna fyrða sé at rekja môl, þaus menn vitut.
‘ May men, who read the book, know that, how the prophet’s sayings have been rendered, and teach that to trees of the keel-beast [SHIP > SEAFARERS], what the style of prophetic persons is in narrating matters that men do not know.

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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 95: AII, 35, BII, 43, Skald II, 27; Bret 1848-9, II, 72 (Bret st. 163); Hb 1892-6, 283; Merl 2012, 203-4.


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