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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 104VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 104’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 422.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

sitr ‘is attending’

sitja (verb): sit


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Lat. parallel: (Dist. III, 19) Inter convivas fac sis sermone modestus, / ne dicare loquax, cum vis urbanus haberi ‘At feasts make sure that you are moderate in speech, so that you will not be called loud-mouth when you want to be considered urbane’. A similar topic is dealt with in Hsv 16. The topic of taciturn guests also occurs in Hávm. Cf. Hávm 7/1-3 (NK, 18): Inn vari gestr, | er til verðar kømr, | þunno hljóði þegir ‘The careful guest, who comes to a meal, keeps silent with hearing finely attuned’ (Larrington 1996, 15).


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