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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’) — 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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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 938.

‘Jésús Kristr er drottinn drottna;
dýrka þú hann’, kvað falda Nanna,
‘föður og son bið frá þier leiða
fjandans tál og helgan anda.
Skíraz láttu, skatna stýrir’,
skorð mælti það vizku borða,
‘leyndar skaltu lýsa syndir
lærðri sveit en kasta flærðum’.

‘Jésús Kristr er drottinn drottna; dýrka þú hann’, kvað {Nanna falda}, ‘bið föður og son og helgan anda leiða frá þier fjandans tál. Láttu skíraz, {stýrir skatna}’, það mælti {skorð borða} vizku, ‘skaltu lýsa leyndar syndir lærðri sveit en kasta flærðum’.

‘Jesus Christ is the Lord of Lords, worship him’ spoke {the Nanna <goddess> of headdresses} [WOMAN], ‘ask the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit to remove from you the devil’s deceit. Let yourself be baptised, {ruler of men} [KING]’, this {the prop of embroidery} [WOMAN] spoke with wisdom, ‘you must proclaim hidden sins to the learned host and cast off falsehood’.

Mss: 713(130), 399a-bˣ(6), 920ˣ(214r)

Readings: [2] kvað: so 399a‑bˣ, 920ˣ, ‘ku[...]’ 713

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.

Notes: [6] skorð borða ‘the prop of embroidery’: LP: borð, n. ‘board, plank, table’, lists the kenning vizku skorð borða ‘the wise woman’; so Skj B. Sperber and Kock (NN §1776) believe that borða is gen. sg. of borði, m. ‘textile, fabric, tapestry, embroidery’, and that vizku, dat. sg. of vizka, f. ‘wisdom’, serves as a modal dat. (‘with wisdom’). That interpretation is adopted here.

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