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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 107VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 107’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 424.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Bana sinn hræðaz        skal eigi bragna hverr,
        þvít hann er endir ills;
góðum mönnum,        þeim er grand varaz,
        dauði ok líf dugir.

Hverr bragna skal eigi hræðaz bana sinn, þvít hann er endir ills; dauði ok líf dugir góðum mönnum, þeim er varaz grand.
‘Every man must not fear his death, because it is the end of evil; death and life help good men who are wary of sin.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. III, 22) Fac tibi proponas mortem non esse timendam, / quae bona si non est, finis tamen illa malorum est ‘Make sure to declare to yourself that death is not to be feared; for even if it is not good, it is the end of evils’.



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 106: AII, 189, BII, 203, Skald II, 106; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 27, Gering 1907, 29, Tuvestrand 1977, 130, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 103.


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