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Anon Hsv 60VII

Tarrin Wills and Stefanie Gropper (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Hugsvinnsmál 60’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 397-8.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál

Einskis þræta        skaltu óráðins hlutar
        reiðr við rekka lið,
þvít reiðr maðr        fylliz rangs hugar;
        eigi hann satt um sér.

Skaltu reiðr þræta einskis óráðins hlutar við rekka lið, þvít reiðr maðr fylliz rangs hugar; hann um sér eigi satt.

[When you are] angry, you must not debate undecided things with a host of men, because an angry man is filled with a wrong mind; he does not see the truth.

Mss: 1199ˣ(73v), 624(143)

Readings: [1] þræta: hlutar 624    [2] skaltu óráðins hlutar: óráðins skaltu þinga 624    [3] reiðr: om. 624    [4] maðr: so 624, om. 1199ˣ    [6] eigi hann satt um sér: má hann eigi satt um sjá 624

Editions: Skj AII, 181, Skj BII, 195-6, Skald II, 102; Hallgrímur Scheving 1831, 17, Gering 1907, 17, Tuvestrand 1977, 105, Hermann Pálsson 1985, 69.

Notes: [All]: Lat. parallel: (Dist. II, 4) Iratus de re incerta contendere noli, / impedit ira animum, ne possis cernere verum ‘Do not fight about something doubtful when you are angry; anger keeps the mind from being able to discern the truth’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Tuvestrand, Birgitta, ed. 1977. Hugsvinnsmál: Handskrifter och kritisk text. Lundastudier i nordisk språkvetenskap A:29. Lund: Carl Blom.
  4. Hermann Pálsson, ed. 1985a. Áhrif Hugsvinnsmála á aðrar fornbókmenntir. Studia Islandica/Íslensk Fræði 43. Reykjavík: Menningarsjóður.
  5. Gering, Hugo, ed. 1907. Hugsvinnsmál. Eine altisländische Übersetzung der Disticha Catonis. Kiel: Lipsius & Tischer.
  6. Hallgrímur Scheving, ed. 1831. Hugsvinnsmál, ásamt þeirra látinska frumriti. Skóla hátið. Viðeyar Klaustri: prentuð af Helga Helgasyni, á kostnað Bessastaða Skóla.

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