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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál, 16 [Vol. 7, 370]

[All]: Lat. parallels: (sent. 51) pauca in convivio loquere ‘say few words at a banquet’; (sent. 55) illud adgredere quod iustum est ‘undertake what is rightful’. A similar topic is dealt with in Hsv 104. In ON-Icel. literature it seems to have been common advice to be cautious among strangers and to listen carefully before speaking oneself. Cf. for instance Hávm 27 and Sól 19.


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