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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 149VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 149’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 448-9.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Hugsvinnsmál        læt ek fyrir hölðum kveðin,
        ok kenda ek rekkum ráð;
hyggins manns        lýsta ek hugspeki;
        hér er nú ljóðum lokit.

Ek læt Hugsvinnsmál kveðin fyrir hölðum, ok ek kenda rekkum ráð; ek lýsta hugspeki hyggins manns; hér er nú lokit ljóðum.
‘I let ‘Hugsvinnsmál’ be recited before people, and I taught men advice; I illuminated the foresight of a wise man; here the poem is now finished.

notes and context

The correspondence is not very close to the disticha here (cf. Dist. IV, 49, quoted in Notes to st. 145). The closing st. is probably the translator’s own composition. — [1-3]: 1199ˣ’s text again has problems: Hugsvinns | hef ek nú hljóðin kveðit, | ok kenda ek ýtum ráð ‘I have now composed the ?sounds of a wise man and I taught advice to men’. Line 3 lacks alliteration. Likewise, if hljóðin is emended to *ljóðin ‘the verses, the poem’, as in sts 103 and 145, to make sense of ll. 1-2, the alliteration is removed. 624’s text is consequently used here.



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 148: AII, 197, BII, 210, Skald II, 110; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 33, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 552, Gering 1907, 39, Tuvestrand 1977, 152, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 130.


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