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VII. Hugsvinnsmál (Hsv) - 151

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Hugsvinnsmál (‘Sayings of the Wise-Minded One’) — Anon HsvVII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Hugsvinnsmál’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 358-449.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál, Isl. oversættelse af Catonis Disticha. (AII, 167-97, BII, 185-210); stanzas (if different): 51/1-3, 67/1-3 | 52 | 53/4-6 | 53/1-3, 51/4-6 | 57 | 58 | 59 | 60 | 61 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 66 | 67 | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | 74 | 75 | 76 | 77 | 78/1-3 | 78 [var], 78/4-6 | 79 | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 | 87 | 88 | 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96 | 102 | 103 | 104 | 105 | 106 | 107 | 108 | 109 | 110 | 111 | 112 | 114 | 115 | 116 | 117 | 118 | 119 | 120 | 121 | 122 | 123 | 124 | 125 | 126 | 127 | 128 | 129 | 136 | 137 | 138 | 140 | 141 | 142 | 146 | 147 | 148

SkP info: VII, 418

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97 — Anon Hsv 97VII

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Cite as: Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 97’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 418.

Algegn maðr        með aurafjölð
        vill sér kjósa konu;
þat þá reynir,
        ef hann reyna skal
        mundargjöld til mikin.

Algegn maðr með aurafjölð vill kjósa sér konu; þat reynir þá, ef hann skal reyna til mikin mundargjöld.

A very upright man with a lot of money will want to choose a wife for himself; that [his wealth] is then put to the test, if he must test too great a bride-price settlement.

Mss: 1199ˣ(74r)

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], [C. E/5]. Hugsvinnsmál 97: AII, 187, BII, 202, Skald II, 105, NN FF §60; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 24, Gering 1907, 26, Tuvestrand 1977, 125, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 96.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallel: (Dist. III, 12) Uxorem fuge ne ducas sub nomine dotis, / nec retinere velis, si coeperit esse molesta ‘Flee from taking a wife for the sake of dowry, and do not wish to keep her if she begins to be burdensome’. — [4-6]: The sense seems to be: because it is known that the prospective groom is wealthy, the bride’s family will attempt to ask for an excessive mundr or bride-price. The translation here reflects the difference between the ON system of bride-price and dowry and the dowry (heimanfylgja) system implied in the Lat. distich. — [6] mundargjöld ‘bride-price settlement’: This cpd is hap. leg.

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