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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 10VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 366.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

Sjaldan þú sitja        skalt sumblum at,
        ok drekk varliga vín;
eiginkonu þinni        þú skalt unna vel;
        hyggðu fyrir hverri gjöf.

Þú skalt sjaldan sitja at sumblum, ok drekk varliga vín; þú skalt vel unna eiginkonu þinni; hyggðu fyrir hverri gjöf.

You must seldom attend banquets, and drink wine cautiously; you must love your wife dearly; take heed of every gift.

Mss: 1199ˣ(72r), 696XV(1r), 624(140)

Readings: [1] Sjaldan þú: ‘Si[...]’ 696XV    [1, 2] sitja skalt: ‘[...]’ 696XV, skalt sitja 624    [2] sumblum: ‘sablvm’ 696XV    [3] ok drekk: drekk 696XV, drekktu 624;    vín: ‘[...]’ 696XV    [5] þú skalt unna: ‘skaltu [...]’ 696XV, unna skaltu 624    [6] hyggðu: ‘[...] þu’ 696XV

Editions: Skj AII, 169, Skj BII, 187, Skald II, 97; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 8, Gering 1907, 3, Tuvestrand 1977, 75, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 30.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallels: (sent. 18) Conviva raro ‘attend banquets rarely’; (sent. 22) vino tempera ‘do not drink too much wine’; (sent. 20) coniugem ama ‘love your wife’; (sent. 17) cui des videto ‘think carefully about the person to whom you should give’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Tuvestrand, Birgitta, ed. 1977. Hugsvinnsmál: Handskrifter och kritisk text. Lundastudier i nordisk språkvetenskap A:29. Lund: Blom.
  4. Hermann Pálsson, ed. 1985a. Áhrif Hugsvinnsmála á aðrar fornbókmenntir. Studia Islandica/Íslensk Fræði 43. Reykjavík: Menningarsjóður.
  5. Gering, Hugo, ed. 1907. Hugsvinnsmál. Eine altisländische Übersetzung der Disticha Catonis. Kiel: Lipsius & Tischer.
  6. Hallgrímur Scheving, ed. 1831. Hugsvinnsmál, ásamt þeirra látinska frumriti. Skóla hátið. Viðeyar Klaustri: prentuð af Helga Helgasyni, á kostnað Bessastaða Skóla.

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