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Anon Hsv 141VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 141’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 444.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
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hefir ‘has’

hafa (verb): have

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gæzku ‘kindness’

gœzka (noun f.): goodness

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iðugliga ‘frequently’

iðuliga (adv.): frequently

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hefir ‘has’

hafa (verb): have

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ó ‘rich’

ó- ((prefix)): un- < óvinauðigr (adj.)

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[6] óvinauðigr ‘not rich in friends’: i.e. without many friends. This word is a hap. leg., possibly modelled on vinsæll / óvinsæll and ‑auðigr compounds (e.g. féauðigr). It could also be construed óvin-auðigr ‘rich in enemies’. Gering and Skj B following him corrects to óvinligr ‘unfriendly’.

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vinauðigr ‘in friends’

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[6] óvinauðigr ‘not rich in friends’: i.e. without many friends. This word is a hap. leg., possibly modelled on vinsæll / óvinsæll and ‑auðigr compounds (e.g. féauðigr). It could also be construed óvin-auðigr ‘rich in enemies’. Gering and Skj B following him corrects to óvinligr ‘unfriendly’.

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Lat. parallel: (Dist. IV, 41) Damnaris numquam post longum tempus amicum: / mutavit mores, sed pignera prima memento ‘Never condemn a friend of long standing, he has changed his ways, but remember his first merits’.

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