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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 66VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 66’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 401.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Friðsamr við annan        skyldi firða hverr,
        þótt hann meira megi;
opt sá hefniz,        er halloki verðr,
        ok vegr síðan sigr.

Hverr firða skyldi friðsamr við annan, þótt hann megi meira; opt hefniz sá, er halloki verðr, ok vegr sigr síðan.
‘Every man should be peaceable towards another, although he may be stronger; often he who is defeated avenges himself, and later wins victory.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 10) Cui scieris non esse parem te, tempore cede: / victorem a victo superari saepe videmus ‘Yield at times to one whom you know not to be your equal; we frequently see the victor conquered by the loser’. This st. occurs first between sts 67 and 68 in 1199ˣ but is placed here in accordance with the order of the disticha. — [1-2]: These ll. are the same as st. 52/4-5. — [4-6]: 401ˣ renders the rest of the st.: sá er vill hæstan tír hafa ‘he who wants to have the highest glory’.



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 67: AII, 182, BII, 196-7, Skald II, 102-3; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 18, Gering 1907, 19, Tuvestrand 1977, 109, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 74.


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