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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 53VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 53’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 393.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Þolinmóðr þú skalt vera        við þegna lið;
        svá gerir sá, er vill hæverskan sið hafa.

Þú skalt vera þolinmóðr við þegna lið; svá gerir sá, er vill hafa hæverskan sið.
‘You must be patient with a host of men; he who wants to have courtly manners does this.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: Dist. I, 38 (cf. st. 52). In 624 the text seems somewhat corrupt, and is probably an alternative translation of st. 52/4-6.


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 53/4-6: AII, 179-80, BII, 194, Skald II, 101; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 15, Gering 1907, 14, Tuvestrand 1977, 100, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 64.


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