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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 11VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 367.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Oddi ok eggju        ver þú þína óðaljörð,
        ok eigi auðtryggr ver;
fyrir orðum ok eiðum        hyggðu öllum vel,
        ok halt við fyrða heit.

Ver þú óðaljörð þína oddi ok eggju, ok ver eigi auðtryggr; hyggðu vel fyrir öllum orðum ok eiðum, ok halt heit við fyrða.
‘Defend your native land with point and edge and do not be credulous; think well about all your words and oaths and keep promises to people.

notes and context

Lat. parallels: (sent. 21) iusiurandum serva ‘keep your oath’; (sent. 23) pugna pro patria ‘fight for your native land’; (sent. 24) nihil temere credideris ‘believe nothing without consideration’. In 624, the order of the two halves is reversed.



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 11: AII, 170, BII, 187, Skald II, 97; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 8, Gering 1907, 3, Tuvestrand 1977, 76, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 31.


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