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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði, 14 [Vol. 3, 1229]

[2]: Both the translation and meaning of this proverb are uncertain. Möbius (1874) rendered the line: dem aufwärts strebenden wendet es (das glück) sich zu ‘luck turns to the upwardly striving man’, referring to the Latin proverb audaces fortuna juvat ‘fortune favours the bold’. CPB II, 366 restricted its translation to the relatively unambiguous phrase: ‘… aloft’. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) ventured: man holder sig til den, som udbreder noget ‘one sticks to the man who circulates something’. Kock (NN §3272) suggested: till den drar man sig, som jiver ‘one goes toward the man who gives’, i.e., ‘one follows the paymaster’. The translation provided here is equally provisional.


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