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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 73VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 73’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 405.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Fégirni rangri        skaltu forða þér;
        ljót er líkams munúð;
orðstír hærra        getr engi maðr,
        en hann við syndum sjái.

Skaltu forða þér rangri fégirni; líkams munúð er ljót; maðr getr engi hærra orðstír, en hann sjái við syndum.
‘You must save yourself from wrongful avarice; desire of the body is ugly; a man gets no better reputation than if he avoids sins.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 19) Luxuriam fugito, simul et vitare memento / crimen avaritiae; nam sunt contraria famae ‘Shun luxury, and also remember to avoid the accusation of avarice; for they are inimical to good repute’. Avarice is also dealt with in Hsv 22, 44, 56, 96, 97. Cf. also Sól 10, 18.



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 74: AII, 183, BII, 198, Skald II, 103, NN §112; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 19, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 551, Gering 1907, 21, Tuvestrand 1977, 113, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 79.


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