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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Hsv 75VII

[All]: Lat. parallels: (Dist. II, 21) Quae potus peccas, ignoscere tu tibi noli, / nam crimen nullum vini, sed culpa bibentis ‘The crimes you commit in drinking do not excuse in yourself; for there is no fault in wine, but the fault is that of the drinker’. The topic of drinking decently is dealt with in several sts of Hávm. Cf. for instance Hávm 11/4-6 (NK, 18): vegnest verra | vegra hann velli at, | enn sé ofdryccia ǫls ‘a worse journey-provision he couldn’t carry over the land / than to be too drunk on ale’ (Larrington 1996, 15). Cf. also Hávm 12 and 19. In a less direct way it is also dealt with in Sól 21.


  1. Bibliography
  2. NK = Neckel, Gustav and Hans Kuhn (1899), eds. 1983. Edda: Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern. 2 vols. I: Text. 5th edn. Heidelberg: Winter.
  3. Larrington, Carolyne, trans. 1996. The Poetic Edda. The World’s Classics. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
  4. Internal references
  5. Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 21’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 309-10.
  6. Not published: do not cite ()


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