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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 2VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 362.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Ástsamlig ráð        kenni ek þér, minn einkason;
        mun þú þau eptir öll;
gálauss þú verðr,        ef þú gleyma vilt,
        því er þarf horskr at hafa.

Ek kenni þér, einkason minn, ástsamlig ráð; mun þú þau öll eptir; þú verðr gálauss, ef þú vilt gleyma, því er horskr þarf at hafa.
‘I will teach you, my only son, loving advice; remember all of it; you will be careless if you forget what a wise [man] needs to have.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Epistula, cont.) Nunc te, fili carissime, docebo quo pacto morem animi tui componas. Igitur praecepta mea ita legito ut intellegas. Legere enim et non intellegere neglegere est ‘I will teach you by what agreement you may devise a moral system for your own mind. Therefore read my precepts in such a way that you may understand; to read and not to understand is to disregard them’. This st. translates the second part of the Epistula.



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 2: AII, 168, BII, 186, Skald II, 96-7; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 7, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 549, Gering 1907, 1, Tuvestrand 1977, 71, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 25.


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