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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

III. Málsháttakvæði (Mhkv) - 30

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5: Málsháttakvæði (‘Proverb poem’) — Anon MhkvIII

Roberta Frank 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Málsháttakvæði’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1213.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði, Et orknøsk(?) digt, omkr. 1200. (AII, 130-6, BII, 138-45)

SkP info: III, 1230

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16 — Anon Mhkv 16III

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Cite as: Roberta Frank (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði 16’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1230.

Engi þarf at hræðask hót;
heldr kømr opt við sáran fót;
hlutgjarn ferr með annars sǫk.
Nøkkvi ríkstr er heima hverr;
†ta† ek umb at síðr;
orðin fara, þegar munninn líðr.


No one needs to fear threats; rather often does something touch a sore foot; … a busybody conducts another’s suit. At home each man is something of a king; Iabout [it] the less; words travel as soon as they leave the mouth.

notes: Lines 3 and 6 are illegible in the ms. — [7]: Skj B silently construes this line as øngu tala ‘(I) speak in no way’, a reconstruction that fits awkwardly with the ms. evidence, where all illegible letters precede -ta. — [8]: This line has nine syllables that occupy seven metrical positions: fara ‘travel’ is resolved in the second lift and þegar ‘as soon as’ is neutralised in the second dip.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 16 (AII, 133-4; BII, 142); Skald II, 76; Möbius 1874, 8, Wisén 1886-9, I, 75.


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