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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl I 19VIII (Bret 87)/5 — tákna ‘mean’

‘Seg, Merlínus,’         kvað menbroti,
‘— est þú fróðari         fyrðum ǫðrum —,
hvat tákna mun         tveggja orma
ógurligt víg         aldar bǫrnum.’

‘Seg, Merlínus,’ kvað menbroti, ‘— þú est fróðari ǫðrum fyrðum —, hvat ógurligt víg tveggja orma mun tákna bǫrnum aldar.’

‘Say, Merlin,’ said the neck-ring breaker [GENEROUS MAN = Vortigern], ‘— you are wiser than other men —, what the fearsome battle of the two snakes will mean for the children of men.’



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