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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 13VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 13’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 368.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Ráðhollr ok réttdæmr        ok í reiði stiltr,
        mæltu eigi við ýta ilt;
kostum þú safna,        ok kynn þik við góða menn;
        vinn eigi löst né lygi.

Ráðhollr ok réttdæmr ok stiltr í reiði, mæltu eigi ilt við ýta; safna þú kostum, ok kynn þik við góða menn; vinn eigi löst né lygi.
‘Loyal in advice and just in judgement and moderate in anger, do not speak evil to men; gather virtues and make friends with good men; cultivate neither vices nor lies.

notes and context

Lat. parallels: (sent. 43) aequum iudica ‘judge fairly’; (sent. 45) iracundiam rege ‘control your anger’; (sent. 41) maledicus ne esto ‘do not be abusive’; (sent. 42) existimationem retine ‘hold on to your reputation’; (sent. 35) virtute utere ‘practise virtue’; (sent. 44) nihil mentire ‘do not lie’.



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 13: AII, 170, BII, 187, Skald II, 98; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 8, Gering 1907, 4, Tuvestrand 1977, 77, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 32-3.


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