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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 8VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 365.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Blíðmæltr vera skalt        við bragna lið,
        ok hirð þitt fengit fé;
minni ok mannvit        nem þú á margan veg,
        ok kenn þat síðan sonum.

Blíðmæltr skalt vera við lið bragna, ok hirð fengit fé þitt; nem þú á margan veg minni ok mannvit, ok kenn þat síðan sonum.
‘You must be affably spoken with a company of men, and take care of the money you have gained; learn in many a way memory and understanding, and teach it later to your sons.

notes and context

Lat. parallels: (sent. 29) blandus esto ‘be pleasant’; (sent. 13) rem tuam custodi ‘look after your property’; (sent. 27) quae legeris memento ‘remember what you read’; (sent. 28) liberos erudi ‘teach your children’.



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 8: AII, 169, BII, 187, Skald II, 97; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 8, Gering 1907, 2-3, Tuvestrand 1977, 74, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 29.


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