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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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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

Mál ‘matter’

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

[1] Mál: mál þat 624


er ‘that’

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

[2] er: so 624, om. 1199ˣ


skyldu ‘should’

skulu (verb): shall, should, must

[2] skyldu: skulu 624


ó ‘’

ó- ((prefix)): un- < ómálugr (adj.)

[3] ómálgan: ómálgum 624


málgan ‘a taciturn person’

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

[3] ómálgan: ómálgum 624


maðr ‘man’

maðr (noun m.): man, person

[4] maðr: maðr skal 624


ef ‘if’

3. ef (conj.): if

[5] ef: sá er 624


taka ‘to gain’

2. taka (verb): take

[5] taka: so 624, geti 1199ˣ


lætr ‘’

láta (verb): let, have sth done

[6] lætr: om. 624


góðum ‘good’

góðr (adj.): good


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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