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Anon Hsv 76VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 76’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 406-7.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
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Mál ‘matter’

1. mál (noun n.; °-s; -): speech, matter

[1] Mál: mál þat 624

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er ‘that’

2. er (conj.): who, which, when

[2] er: so 624, om. 1199ˣ

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skyldu ‘should’

skulu (verb): shall, should, must

[2] skyldu: skulu 624

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ó ‘’

ó- ((prefix)): un- < ómálugr (adj.)

[3] ómálgan: ómálgum 624

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málgan ‘a taciturn person’

málugr (adj.; °málgan; superl. málgastr): reticent < ómálugr (adj.)

[3] ómálgan: ómálgum 624

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maðr ‘man’

maðr (noun m.): man, person

[4] maðr: maðr skal 624

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ef ‘if’

3. ef (conj.): if

[5] ef: sá er 624

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taka ‘to gain’

2. taka (verb): take

[5] taka: so 624, geti 1199ˣ

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lætr ‘’

láta (verb): let, have sth done

[6] lætr: om. 624

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góðum ‘good’

góðr (adj.): good

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gera ‘sends’

1. gera (verb): do, make

[6] gera: leita 624

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Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 22) Consilium arcanum tacito committe sodali / corporis auxilium medico committe fideli ‘Entrust a secret plan to a close-mouthed associate; entrust aid for the body to a trustworthy doctor’. The danger of telling important news in front of too many and too talkative people is also mentioned in Hávm 63.

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