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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 65VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 65’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 400-1.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Engan þú fyrirlít,        þótt aflvani sé
        eða ljótr ok lágskapaðr;
margr er hygginn,        þótt herviligr sé,
        ok mjök lítit megi.

Fyrirlít þú engan, þótt sé aflvani, eða ljótr ok lágskapaðr; margr er hygginn, þótt sé herviligr, ok megi mjök lítit.
‘You should not look down on anybody, although he may be deficient in strength or ugly and short; many a one is intelligent, although he may be wretched and is capable of very little.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 9) Corporis exigui vires contemnere noli: / consilio pollet, cui vim natura negavit ‘Do not disdain the powers of a small body; [the man] to whom nature denied strength may be strong in counsel’. Cf. Sól 34. Further parallels occur in Hávm 10 and 75.



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 66: AII, 182, BII, 196, Skald II, 102; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 18, Gering 1907, 18-19, Tuvestrand 1977, 108, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 73.


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