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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 39VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 39’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 384.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Vinir þínir        þótt þér verr dugi,
        en þú þykkiz verðr vera,
þess meins völd        kenn þú eigi þínum guði,
        saka þú heldr sjálfan þik.

Þótt vinir þínir dugi þér verr, en þú þykkiz verðr vera, kenn þú eigi þess meins völd guði þínum; saka þú heldr þik sjálfan.
‘Although your friends may help you less than you think you deserve, do not fault your God for the cause of that evil; you should instead blame yourself.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 23) Si tibi pro meritis nemo respondet amicus, / incusare deos noli, sed te ipse coerce ‘If no friend stands up for you according to your deserts, do not accuse the gods, but restrain yourself’.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 39: AII, 176, BII, 192, Skald II, 100; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 13, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 550, Gering 1907, 11, Tuvestrand 1977, 92, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 53.


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