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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, 942-3

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17 — Kálf Kátr 17VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 942-3.

Heyr þú, blessaðr himna dýrðar
— heita skal eg nú á þig — veitir;
græðari minn og guðdóms spennir,
gief mier viðkvæmilig orð til stefja.
Stendr og sitr til hægri handar
heilög Máría aldar deili;
mildingr skipar nú mána foldar
mæstr Kátrínu henni hið næsta.

Heyr þú, {blessaðr veitir dýrðar himna}; eg skal nú heita á þig; græðari minn og {spennir guðdóms}, gief mier orð viðkvæmilig til stefja. Heilög Máría stendr og sitr til hægri handar {deili aldar}; {mæstr mildingr {foldar mána}} skipar nú Kátrínu hið næsta henni.

Listen, {blessed provider of the glory of the heavens} [= God], I shall now call upon you; my Saviour and {clasper of the Godhead} [= God], give me words suitable for a refrain. Holy Mary stands and sits at the right hand {of the ruler of people} [= God]; {the greatest prince {of the land of the moon}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] now places Catherine next to her.

Mss: 713(130), 399a-bˣ(10), 920ˣ(215r)

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa 17: AII, 520, BII, 573, Skald II, 315, NN §2958A and D, 2963, Kahle 1898, 70, 107, Sperber 1911, 47, 80.

Notes: [3] spennir guðdóms ‘clasper of the Godhead’: Spennir ‘clasper’, is frequently the base-word of a kenning for a generous man, if linked with the determinant ‘gold’. — [5-8]: The poem’s stef or refrain, marked in 713 by an obelos in the left-hand margin. Here begins the poem’s stefjabálkr, marked by stef at sts 17, 21, 25, 29 and 33. In ll. 1-4 the poet calls upon God to give him words suitable for the stef.

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