- IPA(key): /ˈmaːðʏr ɛːr ˈmaːnːs ˈkaːma(ː)n/
maður (“man”) + er (“is”) (third person singular of vera (“to be”)) + manns (“man's”) (genitive of maður) + gaman (“joy, pleasure”)
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.
the 47th verse of the Hávamál
maður er manns gaman
- Men enjoy the company of other men.
- Icelandic Rune Poem, found in manuscript AM 461 12mo (, ):
- er manns gaman
- ok moldar auki
- ok skipa skreytir.
- homo mildingr.
- delight of man
- and augmentation of the earth
- and adorner of ships.
- ↑ 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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