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maður er manns gaman

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IcelandicEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Literally “man is man’s joy”. (Antonymic is the sentiment of the Latin expression homō hominī lupus (man is a wolf to man).)

The proverb is from the forty-seventh verse of the Hávamál, one of the books of the Poetic Edda.[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmaːðʏr ɛ(ː)r ˈmanːs ˈkaːma(ː)n/

ProverbEdit

maður er manns gaman

  1. Men enjoy the company of other men.
    • Icelandic Rune Poem, found in manuscript AM 461 12mo ([6], [7]):
      Maðr
      er manns gaman
      ok moldar auki
      ok skipa skreytir.
      homo mildingr.
      Man
      delight of man
      and augmentation of the earth
      and adorner of ships.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Icelandic Web of Science: Hvað þýðir "maður er manns gaman"? (“What does maður er manns gaman mean?”)
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  4. ^ [3]; The Elder or Poetic Edda, edited and translated by Olive Bray (London: Printed for the Viking Club, 1908), pages 61-111
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