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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Hsv 9VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 9’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 365-6.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

text and translation

Hatri þú hafna,        ok hlæ þú at öngum;
        gjalt gjöf við gjöf;
vakr þú vera skalt,        ok ver nær staddr
        lýða lögskilum.

Hafna þú hatri, ok hlæ þú at öngum; gjalt gjöf við gjöf; þú skalt vera vakr, ok ver nær staddr lögskilum lýða.
‘Abandon hatred and laugh at no-one; repay a gift with a gift; you must be alert and be situated near people’s legal proceedings.

notes and context

Lat. parallels: (sent. 30) irascere ob rem [noli] ‘[do not] get angry for no reason’; (sent. 31) neminem riseris ‘do not laugh at anybody’; (sent. 16) mutuum da ‘make a loan’; (sent. 19) quod satis est dormi ‘sleep a sufficiency’; (sent. 32) in iudicium adesto ‘stand by [a friend] in court’; (sent. 33) ad praetorium stato ‘keep in good standing at the praetor’s residence’.



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 9: AII, 169, BII, 187, Skald II, 97, NN §3266B Anm.; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 8, Gering 1907, 3, Tuvestrand 1977, 75, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 29-30.


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