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Anon Hsv 136VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 136’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 441.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
135136137

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of- ((prefix)): too much < oftreysta (verb)

[1] oftreysti: oftreystiz 624

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treysti ‘may trust too much’

treysta (verb): trust, believe in < oftreysta (verb)

[1] oftreysti: oftreystiz 624

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þótt ‘even if’

þó (adv.): though

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eigi ‘not’

3. eigi (adv.): not

[2] eigi sé: hann sé eigi 624

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‘is’

2. vera (verb): be, is, was, were, are, am

[2] eigi sé: hann sé eigi 624

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muni ‘will’

munu (verb): will, must

[3] muni: hann muni 624

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lifa ‘live’

lifa (verb): live

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mega ‘can’

mega (verb): may, might

[5] mega skatna flýja: skatna flýja mega 624

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skatna ‘men’

skati (noun m.; °-a; -nar): chieftan, prince

[5] mega skatna flýja: skatna flýja mega 624

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flýja ‘escape’

flýja (verb): to flee, take flight

[5] mega skatna flýja: skatna flýja mega 624

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feigð ‘the approach of death’

feigð (noun f.): death

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Lat. parallel: (Dist. IV, 37) Tempora longa tibi noli promittere vitae: / quocumque ingrederis, sequitur mors corporis umbra ‘Do not promise yourself a long stretch of life; wherever you go death, the shadow of the body, follows’. The advice to be wary of sudden death is also given in Hsv 38. Cf. also Hávm 16 (NK, 19): Ósniallr maðr | hyggz muno ey lifa, | ef hann við víg varaz ‘The foolish man thinks he will live for ever, if he keeps away from fighting’ (Larrington 1996, 16). The same idea is expressed in Has 43.

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