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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 121VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 121’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 432-3.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Almanna lof        ef þú eignaz vilt
        ok heita góðr með gum*um,
annars ógæfu        fagna þú aldrigi;
        sé þín æ at góðu getit.

Ef þú vilt eignaz almanna lof ok heita góðr með gum*um, fagna þú aldrigi ógæfu annars; sé þín æ getit at góðu.
‘If you want to acquire general praise and be called good among men, never rejoice in another’s misfortune; always be mentioned as good.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. IV, 17) Si famam servare cupis, dum vivis, honestam, / fac fugias animo, quae sunt mala gaudia vitae ‘If you want to keep a good reputation while you are alive, make sure to avoid in mind those things which are evil joys of life’.



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 120: AII, 192, BII, 205-6, Skald II, 107; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 29, Gering 1907, 33, Tuvestrand 1977, 138, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 113.


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