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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 85VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 85’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 411-12.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Draumum sínum        skulu eigi dróttir trúa;
        tæla þeir ýta opt;
sofanda manni þykkir        þat, er sjálfr, þegar at vakir,
        æskir sér eða óaz.

Dróttir skulu eigi trúa draumum sínum; þeir tæla ýta opt; þat, er sjálfr æskir sér eða óaz, þegar at vakir, þykkir manni sofanda.
‘Men should not believe their dreams; they often deceive people; what he wishes for himself or fears when awake, appears to a man when asleep.

notes and context

Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 31) Somnia ne cures, nam mens humana quod optat, / dum vigilat, sperat, per somnum cernit id ipsum ‘Do not pay attention to dreams; for the human mind hopes for what it wishes for while it is asleep, [and] through dreaming recognises that very thing [i.e. what it wishes for]’.



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 86: AII, 185, BII, 200, Skald II, 104; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 21, Konráð Gíslason 1860, 551, Gering 1907, 23, Tuvestrand 1977, 119, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 88.


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