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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 68VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 68’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 402-3.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Öfund ok þrætur        skal ýta hverr
        forðaz, sem mest megi;
þvít öfundsamt hjarta        mæða ofrtregar,
        ok eigi hann satt um sér.

Hverr ýta skal forðaz öfund ok þrætur, sem mest megi, þvít ofrtregar mæða öfundsamt hjarta, ok hann um sér eigi satt.
‘Every man must flee envy and disputes as much as he can, because too many sorrows exhaust the envious heart and he does not see the truth.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 13) Invidiam nimio cultu vitare memento; / quae si non laedit, tamen hanc sufferre molestum ‘Remember to avoid envy with extreme care, which, even if it is not harmful, nevertheless is troublesome to endure’. The phrasing of the last l. of the Icel. text is quite close to Hsv 64/6.


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 68: AII, 182-3, BII, 197, Skald II, 103; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 18, Gering 1907, 19, Tuvestrand 1977, 110, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 75.


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