Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálfr Hallsson (Kálf)

14th century; volume 7; ed. Kirsten Wolf;

Kátrínardrápa (Kátr) - 51

not in Skj

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’) — Kálf KátrVII

Kirsten Wolf 2007, ‘(Introduction to) 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.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa (AII, 516-26, BII, 569-82)

SkP info: VII, 938

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10 — Kálf Kátr 10VII

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The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Jésús Kristr er drottin drotna,
dýrka þú hann, kvað falda Nanna,
fǫður ok son bið frá þér leiða
fjandans tál ok helgan anda;
skíraz láttu, skatna stýrir,
skorð mælti þat vizku borða,
leyndar skaltu lýsa syndir
lærðri sveit, en kasta flærðum.“  (hrynhent)

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa 10 (AII, 518; BII, 571-2); Skald II, 314, NN §1776, Kahle 1898, 69, 106, Sperber 1911, 45, 79.

sources

AM 713 4° (713) 130 - 130  transcr.  image  image  
JS 399 a-b 4°x (399a-bx) 6 - 6  
AM 920 4°x (920x) 214r - 214r  image  
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