Kálfr Hallsson (Kálf)
14th century; volume 7; ed. Kirsten Wolf;
Kátrínardrápa (Kátr) - 51
The name of the poet of Kátrínardrápa can be deduced from sts 1, 49 and 51 as Kálfr Hallsson (Kálfr would have been Kálfur in C14th). In st. 1/8 he describes himself as ‘the son of Hallur’ (arfi Halls) and at the end of the poem gives his name in both Icelandic (Kálfr [= ‘calf’] 49/1) and Lat. (Vitulus [= Kálfur] 51/3) and says he is now a monk (frater, st. 51/4). The implication of sts 45-51 is that Kálfr had previously led a sinful secular life, but this may be stereotypical self-deprecation. The Lat. phrase Vítulus vátes ‘the poet Kálfr’ by which the poet refers to himself in st. 51/3-4 also appears in Völsungs rímur hins óborna and this has led some scholars to propose that Kálfr Hallsson was the author of both poems (see Note to st. 51). Nothing is known of Kálfr’s monastic affiliation nor his precise dates, though the mid-C14th seems a likely floruit (Vésteinn Ólason 1993, 316).
Kátrínardrápa (‘Drápa about S. Catherine’)
Kirsten Wolf 2007, ‘ Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 931-64. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1019> (accessed 27 September 2021)
Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa (AII, 516-26, BII, 569-82)
SkP info: VII, 932-3
1 — Kálf Kátr 1VII
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| 1032x ||Drottínn gef þv mier ma̋tt | matto᷎gur bragar ha̋tt | svo at ek færdi faugur ord | fader vor i eínn stad | veittu fyrir valld þítt | valldande gvd vm alldur | astar i opit briost | ȯtta lausa mȧls nogt. ||| |
| 713 ||Drottenn gef þu dyr at ec mætta. dæmi stolꜱ j hrodrí | sæma. at hreínazta ambatt þína. jesuꜱ krístr af mærdar huse / | þar næst beide ec millda modur. mana þeíngels frægs ok eingils. | eg nu hlíods at oss skule mykía. arfua hallz ꜱvo stírdne ualla·// | [KW]|| |
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