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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 29VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 29’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 378.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Öðrum heita        skaltu eigi því,
        er undir öðrum átt;
opt þik tælir,        sá er þú trúat hefir;
        brigð eru beggja heit.

Skaltu eigi heita öðrum því, er átt undir öðrum; tælir þik opt, sá er þú hefir trúat; heit beggja eru brigð.
‘You must not promise another what you have lent to somebody else; that one may often trick you, whom you have trusted; the promises of both are fickle.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. I, 13) Spem tibi promissi certam promittere noli: / rara fides ideo est, quia multi multa locuntur ‘Do not hold out certain hope of something promised to you; surety is rare, because many say many things’. The first 3 ll. are parallelled in Hsv 41. The text of 624 is closer to the Lat. — [4-6]: The reading in 624 differs considerably: símálugs orð | þykkir snotrum hól | vindi líkt vera, which requires emendation of hól ‘praise, flattery’ to hal ‘man’, thus: ‘to a wise man the words of a long-winded man seem like the wind’.



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 29: AII, 174, BII, 190, Skald II, 99; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 12, Gering 1907, 8-9, Tuvestrand 1977, 86, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 44.


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