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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 125VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 125’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 435.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Íþróttum safna        skalt á alla vegu,
        sem drengmanni dugir;
þær þér tjá,        þótt þú týnt hafir
        afli ok öllu fé.

Skalt safna íþróttum á alla vegu, sem dugir drengmanni; þær tjá þér, þótt þú hafir týnt afli ok öllu fé.
‘You must acquire accomplishments in all ways which are useful to a good man; they will serve you, even if you have lost strength and all your money.

notes and context

Lat. parallels: (Dist. IV, 19): Disce aliquid, nam, cum subito fortuna recessit, / ars remanet vitamque hominis non deserit umquam ‘Learn something; for when fortune suddenly leaves, skill remains and never leaves the life of a man’.



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 122: AII, 192, BII, 206, Skald II, 108; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 29, Gering 1907, 33, Tuvestrand 1977, 139, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 114.


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