þegja þunnu hljóði
From þegja (“to be quiet, to be silent, to say nothing”) + þunnu (“with thin”) the tækisþágufall (“dative of instrument”) of þunnur (“thin”) + hljóði (“archaic meaning; with hearing”) the tækisþágufall (“dative of instrument”) of hljóð (“archaic meaning; hearing”). Literally meaning "to be silent with a thin hearing" meaning "to be silent with an ear so thin that one can listen well".
- to hold one’s tongue, to say nothing even though one is divided or not happy about something; to be silent even though one is unreconciled, but be still unreconciled; to keep a watchful silence; to listen in breathless stillness (confer the English open one’s big mouth and bend the truth)
- þegja þunnu hljóði at Málfarsbankinn
- Icelandic Web of Science: Hvað þýðir að þegja þunnu hljóði og hvaðan er þetta orðatiltæki komið? (“What does þegja þunnu hljóði mean and whence does it originate?”)
- ^ HOVAMOL- The Ballad of the High One an English translation of Hávamál