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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 60VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 60’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 397-8.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Einskis þræta        skaltu óráðins hlutar
        reiðr við rekka lið,
þvít reiðr maðr        fylliz rangs hugar;
        eigi hann satt um sér.

Skaltu reiðr þræta einskis óráðins hlutar við rekka lið, þvít reiðr maðr fylliz rangs hugar; hann um sér eigi satt.
‘[When you are] angry, you must not debate undecided things with a host of men, because an angry man is filled with a wrong mind; he does not see the truth.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 4) Iratus de re incerta contendere noli, / impedit ira animum, ne possis cernere verum ‘Do not fight about something doubtful when you are angry; anger keeps the mind from being able to discern the truth’.



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 61: AII, 181, BII, 195-6, Skald II, 102; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 17, Gering 1907, 17, Tuvestrand 1977, 105, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 69.


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