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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 48VIII (Bret 48)/3 — léparðar ‘leopards’

‘Verða síðar         á sama landi
léparðar sjau         linni bornir.
Þeir hafa brúsa         bǫlgjǫrn hǫfuð;
eru dáðlausir         dǫglings synir.

‘Sjau léparðar verða bornir linni síðar á sama landi. Þeir hafa bǫlgjǫrn hǫfuð brúsa; synir dǫglings eru dáðlausir.

‘Seven leopards will be born to the snake later in that same land. They will have the baleful heads of he-goats; the king’s sons will be bereft of [noble] deeds.


[3] léparðar: ‘lꝍpartar’ Hb


[3] léparðar ‘leopards’: Emended thus in Skald from ms. ‘lꝍpartar’ (printed as lœpartar in Skj B, but contrast LP: léparðr). Again Geoffrey has ‘lion’ here: for Gunnlaugr’s confusion of leopards and lions, see Note to II 45/3.



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