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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 7VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 7’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 364-5.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Afli deila        þú skalt aldrigi
        þér við máttugra mann;
athuga öflgann        skaltu við alt hafa,
        ok ræk þín hús ok hjú.

Þú skalt aldrigi deila þér afli við máttugra mann; skaltu hafa öflgann athuga við alt, ok ræk þín hús ok hjú.
‘You must never test your strength with a mightier man; you must have strengthened attention for everything, and take care of your house and household.

notes and context

Lat. parallels: (sent. 10) maiori concede ‘give way to your superior’; (sent. 14) diligentiam adhibe ‘practise diligence’; (sent. 15) familiam cura ‘take care of your household’.



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 7: AII, 169, BII, 186, Skald II, 97; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 8, Gering 1907, 2, Tuvestrand 1977, 74, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 28.


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