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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 4VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 363.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Ef þér góðan grip        gefa hollir vinir,
        eiga þú skalt ok unna allvel;
góðu þú fylg,        en gakk illu frá;
        hvergi þú fyrir ráð rasir.

Ef hollir vinir gefa þér góðan grip, skalt þú eiga ok unna allvel; fylg þú góðu, en gakk frá illu; þú rasir hvergi fyrir ráð.
‘If loyal friends give you a precious thing, you must own it and enjoy it well; follow good and keep away from evil; by no means rush in headlong.

notes and context

Lat. parallels: (sent. 4) datum serva ‘look after what is given to you’; (sent. 6) cum bonis ambula ‘keep company with good people’; (sent. 7) antequamne accesseris. ‘do not [go] until called’.



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 4: AII, 168, BII, 186, Skald II, 97, NN §110; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 7, Gering 1907, 2, Tuvestrand 1977, 72, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 26.


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