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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 103VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 103’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 421-2.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Gamansamlig ljóð        skaltu af greppum nema
        ok mörg fræði muna,
þvít ágætlig ljóð        bera fyrir ýta sonu
        skáld til skemtanar.

Skaltu nema gamansamlig ljóð af greppum ok muna mörg fræði, þvít skáld bera ágætlig ljóð til skemtanar fyrir ýta sonu.
‘You must learn entertaining poems from poets and remember much knowledge, because poets deliver excellent poems as entertainment to the sons of men.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. III, 18) Multa legas facito, perlectis perlege multa, / nam miranda canunt, sed non credenda poetae ‘See to it that you read many things, having read, forget many things; for poets write a lot of things to be wondered at, but not believed’. All ms. versions focus on the positive aspects of poetry, in contrast to the Lat. text.



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 102: AII, 188, BII, 202-3, Skald II, 106, NN §2593; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 25, Gering 1907, 28, Tuvestrand 1977, 128, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 99-100.


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