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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 55VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 55’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 394.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Örr af þurftum        skaltu við ýta lið,
        ok dugi vel vinum;
sá mun þrífaz,        er þarfr geriz
        sér ok sínu liði.

Skaltu örr við lið ýta af þurftum, ok dugi vel vinum; sá mun þrífaz, er geriz þarfr sér ok liði sínu.
‘You must [be] open-handed with a host of men if needed, and help your friends well; he will prosper who is useful for himself and his men.

notes and context

Lat. parallels: (Dist. I, 40) Dapsilis interdum notis et carus amicis / dum fueris dando, semper tibi proximus esto ‘While you were a bountiful and dear friend sometimes to known friends, in giving always be nearest to yourself’.



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 55: AII, 180, BII, 194-5, Skald II, 101, NN §111; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 16, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 550, Gering 1907, 16, Tuvestrand 1977, 101, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 65.


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