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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 126VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 126’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 435-6.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Örlög sín        viti engi fyrir
        né um þat önn ali;
flestir þat vita,        at mun flærðvörum
        dauði ok líf duga.

Engi viti örlög sín fyrir né ali önn um þat; flestir vita þat, at dauði ok líf mun duga flærðvörum.
‘Let no-one know his destiny beforehand, nor show concern about it; most know that death and life will help the deceit-wary.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. IV, 22) Multum venturi ne cures tempora fati: / non metuit mortem, qui scit contemnere vitam ‘Do not worry much about the times of fate which will come; he does not fear death who knows how to spurn life’. — [1-3]: These ll. are close in content to Hávm 56/4-6.



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 125: AII, 193, BII, 206, Skald II, 108, NN §21B; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 29, Gering 1907, 34, Tuvestrand 1977, 140, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 116.


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