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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 112VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 112’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 427.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Líkama sinn        ræki lýða hverr;
        heilsa er hölðum framar;
aura njóta        þykkiz engi maðr,
        nema hann heilsu hafi.

Hverr lýða ræki líkama sinn; heilsa er framar hölðum; engi maðr þykkiz njóta aura, nema hann hafi heilsu.
‘Every man should look after his body; health is very important to men; nobody thinks to enjoy his money, unless he is healthy.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. IV, 5) Cum fueris locuples, corpus curare memento: / aeger dives habet nummos, se non habet ipsum ‘When you become rich, remember to take care of your body; a sick rich man has wealth, but he does not have himself’. The contrast between wealth and health is also mentioned in Sól 8.



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 111: AII, 190, BII, 204, Skald II, 107; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 27, Gering 1907, 30, Tuvestrand 1977, 133, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 106-7.


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