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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 74VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 74’ 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

Sögvísum manni        skaltu sjaldan trúa,
        þeim er með rógi rennr,
þvít málugs manns        reynaz margar sögur
        lýða kind at lygi.

Skaltu sjaldan trúa sögvísum manni, þeim er rennr með rógi, þvít margar sögur málugs manns reynaz lýða kind at lygi.
‘You must seldom believe a tattling man who runs with slander, because many stories of a talkative man prove to be lies for the race of men.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 20) Noli tu quaedam referenti credere semper: / exigua est tribuenda fides, qui multa locuntur ‘Do not always believe someone who bears reports; little credence is to be paid to those who speak many things’.



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 75: AII, 183-4, BII, 198, Skald II, 103, NN §112; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 19, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 551, Gering 1907, 21, Tuvestrand 1977, 113, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 80.


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