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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, ‘ 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. <> (accessed 30 November 2021)

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

SkP info: VII, 938-9

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11 — Kálf Kátr 11VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 938-9.

Stillir frietti hljóði hvellu
hafnar glóða eik að nafni;
fljóðið gjörði að birta bæði
baugs veitanda ætt og heiti.
Síðan spurði siklingr Þrúði
sævar bála sneldr í máli:
‘hvárt ætlar þú, hranna kertis,
hilmi, skorð, að sigra orðum?

Stillir frietti {eik {glóða hafnar}} hvellu hljóði að nafni; fljóðið gjörði að birta {veitanda baugs} bæði ætt og heiti. Síðan spurði siklingr {Þrúði {bála sævar}} sneldr í máli: ‘hvárt ætlar þú, {skorð {kertis hranna}}, að sigra hilmi orðum?

The ruler asked {the oak {of the red-hot embers of the harbour}} [GOLD > WOMAN] in a shrill voice for her name; the woman was prepared to reveal {to the giver of the ring} [GENEROUS MAN] both her heritage and her name. Subsequently, the king asked {the Þrúðr <goddess> {of the fires of the sea}} [GOLD > WOMAN] harsh in his speech: ‘do you intend, {prop {of the candle of the waves}} [GOLD > WOMAN], to win victory over the prince with words?

Mss: 713(130), 399a-bˣ(7), 920ˣ(214r)

Readings: [3] birta: so 399a‑bˣ, 920ˣ, ‘b[...]rta’ 713

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa 11: AII, 518-19, BII, 572, Skald II, 314, NN §2958, Kahle 1898, 69, 106, Sperber 1911, 45, 79.


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