Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál, 25 [Vol. 7, 375-6]

[1-3]: These ll. are parallelled in Hávm 44 (NK, 24): Veiztu, ef þú vin átt, | þann er þú vel trúir, | oc vill þú af hánom gott geta... ‘You know, if you’ve a friend whom you really trust / and from whom you want nothing but good...’ (Larrington 1996, 20). The reading vildr ‘pleasant, agreeable’ in 1199ˣ may have been influenced by Hávm 124/4 (NK, 37): era sá vinr ǫðrom, | er vilt eitt segir ‘he is no true friend who only says pleasant things’ (Larrington 1996, 31).


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