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Anon Hsv 71VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 71’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 404.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

Sjálfan ‘self’

sjalfr (adj.): self


skal ‘must’

skulu (verb): shall, should, must

[2] skal eigi: skyldi 624


eigi ‘neither’

3. eigi (adv.): not

[2] skal eigi: skyldi 624


mjök ‘a lot’

mjǫk (adv.): very, much

[3] mjök: eigi 624


gera ‘do’

1. gera (verb): do, make

[4] þat gera þeir: þeir þat gera 624


þykkjaz ‘seem’

2. þykkja (verb): seem, think

[5] göfgir þykkjaz: ógegnir eru 624


vilja ‘want’

vilja (verb): want, intend

[6] vilja: vilja þó 624


hafa ‘to have’

hafa (verb): have


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Lat. parallels: (Dist. II, 16) Nec te conlaudes nec te culpaveris ipse: / hoc faciunt stulti, quos gloria vexat inanis ‘Neither praise nor blame yourself; this foolish people do, whom empty fame troubles’. Modesty is also dealt with in Hsv 72 and 127.


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