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Anon Hsv 97VII

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.

Anonymous PoemsHugsvinnsmál
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kjósa ‘to choose’

kjósa (verb): choose

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reynir ‘put to the test’

reyna (verb): test, try, experience

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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.

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