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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 111VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 111’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 426.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Gálauss maðr,        sá er eigi vill gott nema,
        kann eigi við víti varaz;
ógæfu sinni        veldr hann einn saman;
        engum er ilt skapat.

Gálauss maðr, sá er eigi vill nema gott, kann eigi varaz við víti; hann veldr einn saman ógæfu sinni; engum er ilt skapat.
‘The careless man who does not want to learn good cannot guard against punishment; he alone causes his bad luck; nobody is destined to something bad.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. IV, 3) Cum sis incautus nec rem ratione gubernes, / noli fortunam, quae non est, dicere caecam ‘If you are careless and do not steer your affairs with reason, do not say that fortune is blind, which she is not’.



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 110: AII, 190, BII, 204, Skald II, 106-7; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 27, Gering 1907, 30, Tuvestrand 1977, 133, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 106.


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