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, 942-3

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17 — Kálf Kátr 17VII

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lemmatised words

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3á (prep.) ‘on, at...’ — 17/2

blessa (verb) ‘bless...’blessaðr 17/1

deilir (noun m.) ‘ruler, ordainer...’deili 17/6

dómr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i; -ar] ‘judgement; court; -dom, -ness (suffix)...’dóms 17/3

dýrð (noun f.) [°-ar/-a(NoDipl(1279) 44²ˆ); -ir] ‘glory...’dýrðar 17/1

ek (pron.) [°mín, dat. mér, acc. mik] ‘I, me...’eg 17/2, mier 17/4

fold (noun f.) ‘land...’foldar 17/7

gefa (verb) ‘give...’gief 17/4

grœðari (noun m.) ‘saviour, healer...’græðari 17/3

1guð (noun m.) [°***guðrs, guðis, gus] ‘(Christian) God...’ — 17/3

guðdómr (noun m.) ‘God’s dominion...’guðdóms 17/3

hann (pron.) [°gen. hans, dat. honum; f. hon, gen. hennar, acc. hana] ‘he, she, it, they, them......’henni 17/8

heilagr (adj.) [°helgan; compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘holy, sacred...’heilög 17/6

2heita (verb) ‘be called, promise...’ — 17/2

2heyra (verb) ‘hear...’Heyr 17/1

himinn (noun m.) [°himins, dat. himni; himnar] ‘heaven, sky...’himna 17/1

hœgri (adj. comp.) ‘higher, highest...’hægri 17/5

hǫnd (noun f.) [°handar, dat. hendi; hendr (hendir StatPáll³ 752¹²)] ‘hand...’handar 17/5

2inn (art.) ‘the...’hið 17/8

Kátrína (noun f.) ‘[Catherine]...’Kátrínu 17/8

María (noun f.) ‘Mary...’Máría 17/6

máni (noun m.) [°-a] ‘moon...’mána 17/7

meiri (adj. comp.) [°meiran; superl. mestr] ‘more, most...’mæstr 17/8

mildingr (noun m.) [°-s] ‘ruler, generous one...’ — 17/7

minn (pron.) [°f. mín, n. mitt] ‘my...’ — 17/3

(adv.) ‘now...’ — 17/2, 17/7

nærri (adj. comp.) [°superl. nǽstr] ‘near, nearer, next...’næsta 17/8

3ok (conj.) ‘and, but; also...’og 17/3, og 17/5

orð (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘word...’ — 17/4

sitja (verb) ‘sit...’sitr 17/5

1skipa (verb) ‘change, place...’skipar 17/7

skulu (verb) ‘shall, should, must...’skal 17/2

spennir (noun m.) ‘clasper...’ — 17/3

standa (verb) ‘stand...’Stendr 17/5

stef (noun n.) [°; -] ‘refrain...’stefja 17/4

til (prep.) ‘to...’ — 17/4, 17/5

veitir (noun m.) ‘giver...’ — 17/2

viðkvæmiligr (adj.) ‘[suitable]...’viðkvæmilig 17/4

þú (pron.) [°gen. þín, dat. þér, acc. þik] ‘you...’þig 17/2, 17/1

ǫld (noun f.) [°; aldir] ‘people, age...’aldar 17/6


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